NHL Power Rankings: Feb. 7, 2014

Posted on February 07, 2014 by Stephen London

While the NHL is powering down so that Olympic hockey can begin, there has been plenty of action in the NHL during the last week.

In the Eastern Conference, the Pittsburgh Penguins (40-15-2), Philadelphia Flyers (29-23-6) and Boston Bruins (36-16-4) have all been on point lately. The Penguins have won six of their last eight games, and have not lost one game at home since Nov. 13 (a 5-1 loss to the Panthers Jan. 20). After losing four straight, the Flyers have sprung back to life, winning four of their last five. The Bruins have won six of their last eight games, and have outscored their opponents 31-16 during that streak.

Also in the Eastern Conference, the Buffalo Sabres (15-34-8), New York Islanders (22-29-8) and Montreal Canadiens (31-21-6) have been hitting skids. The Sabres have lost 11 of their last 13 games and been outscored, 51-33, by their opponents during that span. The Islanders have won one game out of their last seven. Despite winning their last two games, the Canadiens have won four of their last 10, and their opponents have outscored them, 23-7, during those losses.

In the Western Conference, the Minnesota Wild (31-21-7), Winnipeg Jets (28-26-5) and St. Louis Blues (38-12-6) have all set their teams up well heading into the Olympic break. The Wild have lost two games during regulation out of their last 10, and have a season-long home record of 21-7-2. The Jets have started to turn their season around, winning nine of their last 12 games. The Blues have won six of their last nine games and are also are the league leader in goal differential with +60. 

The Western Conference's Anaheim Ducks (40-14-5), Los Angeles Kings (31-22-6) and Vancouver Canucks (27-23-9) have all been struggling. The Ducks are leading the conference, but they have lost four of their last five games, all of which were at home. The Kings have lost nine of their last 11 games. The Canucks might be the coldest team in the NHL; they have gone 4-19 since Dec. 30. 

Here are this week's rankings.

1. Anaheim Ducks (40-14-5 overall record, No. 1 ranking last week)
2. St. Louis Blues (38-12-6, No. 2)
3. Chicago Blackhawks (35-10-14, No. 3)
4. Pittsburgh Penguins (40-15-2, No. 4)
5. San Jose Sharks (36-16-6, No. 6)
6. Colorado Avalanche (36-16-5, No. 5)
7. Boston Bruins (36-16-4, No. 7)
8. Tampa Bay Lightning (32-20-5, No. 10)
9. Minnesota Wild (31-21-7, No. 11)
10. Montreal Canadiens (31-21-6, No. 8)
11. Toronto Maple Leafs (31-22-6, No. 13)
12. Los Angeles Kings (31-22-6, No. 9)
13. New York Rangers (31-24-3, No. 12)
14. Columbus Blue Jackets (29-23-5, No. 15)
15. Philadelphia Flyers (29-23-6, No. 18)
16. Phoenix Coyotes (26-20-10, No. 16)
17. Vancouver Canucks (27-23-9, No. 14)
18. Dallas Stars (26-21-10, No. 17)
19. Detroit Red Wings (26-19-12, No. 22)
20. Ottawa Senators (26-21-11, No. 19)
21. Washington Capitals (26-23-9, No. 21)
22. Winnipeg Jets (28-26-5, No. 24)
23. Carolina Hurricanes (25-21-9, No. 20)
24. Nashville Predators (25-23-10, No. 23)
25. New Jersey Devils (23-21-13, No. 25)
26. New York Islanders (22-29-8, No. 26)
27. Calgary Flames (22-28-7, No. 27)
28. Florida Panthers (22-28-7, No. 28)
29. Edmonton Oilers (20-33-6, No. 29)
30. Buffalo Sabres (15-34-8, No. 30)

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