The Panthers in the first; The blues make a big splash

In this week’s edition of the NHL Power Rankings, we have a new team led by the Florida Panthers replacing the Colorado Avalanche. This is not because Avalanche did something wrong (they have won nine games in a row), but rather because the Panthers have won 10 games in a row է scoring goals at a rate we have not seen in the NHL : about 30 years.

Frankly, the Panthers և Avalanche can best fit as 1A և 1B right now, as you can not go wrong if any of the teams are in first place. They are both fantastic, dominant attacking teams that are clearly in the NHL class right now.

With that change in the first two places, we also have a new team moving to the top five as the St. Louis Blues move into fourth place due to their fantastic breakout in the current nine-game winning streak.

We look at all of this և more in this week’s rankings.

Where does your team sit?

In this week’s NHL Power Rankings.

1. Florida Panthers (Last Week: 2). If they can score 14 goals in their remaining seven games in the regular season, this will be the first time since 1995-96 that they have averaged at least four goals per game in an entire season. The goalkeeper just needs to be strong.

2. Colorado Avalanche (LW: 1). If you wanted to fight me, they would not be the first again, I would listen to it. There is no wrong choice between Panthers and Avs now.

3. Toronto Maple Leafs (LW: 3). They have set patent records for victories and points in a single season, despite being a treacherous goalkeeper in the middle of the season.

4. St. Louis Blues (LW: 10). Very calm The Blues have become the deepest, most explosive offensive force in the league. They can score seven to 20 goals this season.

[Related: Blues have transformed into offensive powerhouse]

5. Calgary Flames (LW: 5): Bringing back Daryl Sutter went pretty well. A very strong team from top to bottom.

6. Carolina Hurricanes (LW: 4): Injuries to: Frederick Andersen և: Jordan Stahl is very worrying.

7. New York Rangers (LW: 6). You saw why Alexis LaFrenier could become such an X-factor for them with his two goals against the Detroit Red Wings this weekend.

[Related: Trade additions giving Rangers new life]

8. Minnesota Wild (LW: 7). Paul Fenton’s run here was definitely weird during that year, but he brought them to Mats Gucarello և Q. Fiala. They were big time franchisors.

9. Tampa Bay Lightning (LW: 9): Not yet the team I would like to do something with in the playoffs.

10. Edmonton Oilers (LW: 11). If Mike Smith can keep them a solid goalkeeper, they can have something here. This is a big deal, but this last run was encouraging.

11. Boston Bruins (LW: 8). They scored exactly two goals in five games in a row and somehow managed to win two of those games.

12. Washington Capitals (LW: 12). Insult is really coming to life lately. When completely healthy, this is still a great team. Scoring a goal is a big issue.

13. Dallas Stars (LW: 13). Jason Robertson becomes a superstar for them. He is the engine that drives their team և attack right now.

14. Pittsburgh Penguins (LW: 14). They really miss Eugene Malkin, but his disqualification will end soon. Tristan Jarry’s injury is a major concern right now.

15. Golden Knights of Vegas (LW: 15). They will be a nightmare opponent if they reach the playoffs. But they still have some work to do, they need help.

[Related: Golden Knights would be nightmare playoff opponent]

16. Nashville Predators (LW: 16). Sometimes they look like a team capable of making some noise in the playoffs, then they go and score seven goals in one period.

17. Los Angeles Kings (LW: 17). The main thing they now have for themselves is the rest of the schedule.

18. Vancouver Canucks (LW: 19). They have a nice winning streak, but that will not be enough to reach the playoffs. No team in the league will be more exciting to get out of this season in terms of coaching, salary threshold.

19. New York Islands (LW: 18). At least they know they have a goalkeeper. Ilya Sorokin is sensational.

20. Buffalo Sabers (LW: 22). I still do not know what to do with Tage Thompson this season. Before this season it seemed disappointing, now he can score 40 goals, it is not even because of the percentage of crazy shots.

21. Columbus Blue Jackets (LW: 21). Jakub Voracek scored 5 goals and made 50 effective passes in 73 games as a striker. Just a wonderful statistic for the season.

22. Winnipeg Jets (LW: 20). Not a very good team. Not a particularly bad team. Just a disappointing team.

23. Detroit Red Wings (LW: 23). There is pressure to make a big step forward next season. It’s just hard to do that at the Eastern Conference.

[Related: Red Wings mixed hope with more growing pains]

24. Anaheim Dax (LW: 25). They do not make much money now, but it is fun to watch. Keep mastering it.

25. Senators of Ottawa (LW: 28). Everything we said about Detroit applies here.

26. New Jersey Diles (LW: 27). They have some base pieces. That’s the important part. Now they need extra pieces. Like the goalkeeper!

27. Montreal Canadiens (LW: 24). Seeing Carrie Price on the ice again this week was a welcome sight for Canadiens fans. I’m not sure he would make a huge difference this season, but he can still make an impact.

[Related: Reviewing the Canadiens’ season as Price returns]

28. San Jose Sharks (LW: 26). I just do not know where they are going. This is not a good team, it is very expensive, it has an older core.

29. Philadelphia Flyers (LW: 29). In their first 45 years in the NHL, they missed the playoffs just eight times. They have missed the playoffs six times in the last 10 seasons.

30. Seattle Kraken (LW: 30). So much for the expansion project. It still does not make sense what they were trying to do here.

31. Chicago Blackhawks (LW: 31). How much of Jonathan Tous’s contract will they have to eat next season to find a seller for it? At least 30%. Maybe more.

32. Arizona Coyotes (LW: 32). They allowed to score 45 goals in eight games in April. The teams are currently completing their statistics against them.

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Adam Wrote: is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Find her at or follow her on Twitter @AGretz:.

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