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2021 - 2022 NHL Power Rankings (December version)

Washington Capitals moving on up in the rankings.

Florida Panthers v Washington Capitals Photo by John McCreary/NHLI via Getty Images

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Just over a month later we have our next round of power rankings. The Maple Leafs are off and running while the Coyotes look to have stalled completely. As the old adage goes, you can’t make the playoffs in October and November but you can play your way out of it. Philly and NYI are struggling and Dallas and Washington are on a hot streak. Names like Nazem Kadri, Elias Lindholm and Jordan Kyrou are high on the point chart, while Mathew Barzal, Ryan O’Reilly and Mark Schiefele are quite a way down the charts. Toronto and San Jose have some elite goaltenders and Connor Hellebuyck stands mid-tier in goals allowed per game.

2021 - 2022 NHL Power Rankings (December)

Rank Team Notes
Rank Team Notes
1 Toronto Maple Leafs 4 Game winning streak; looking unstoppable
2 Washington Capitals Tied for most goals in the league with Minnesota
3 Carolina Hurricanes Fewest goals allowed in the league (tied with Calgary)
4 Florida Panthers They have the best home record of any team
5 Calgary Flames They have a +29 goal differential; 2nd best in the NHL
6 New York Rangers Gerard Gallant continues to dominate; he is an elite coach
7 Edmonton Oilers They are absolutely dominant at home and above average on the road
8 Tampa Bay Lightning Entrenched in tier 2 in points, goals for and against and special teams
9 Colorado Avalanche Nazem Kadri leads the team in points, just as well thought?
10 Minnesota Wild Kirill Kaprizov picking up where he left off last season
11 St. Louis Blues Jordan Kyrou has been amazing as has their power play (29%)
12 Anaheim Ducks Troy Terry is living up to all expectations right now
13 Columbus Blue Jackets Continuing to turn eyes with their strong play
14 Pittsbugh Penguins They got one star back and should have their second soon
15 Vegas Golden Knights This team is the definition of average right now
16 Nashville Predators Matt Duchene has tapped into the fountain of youth
17 Boston Bruins Fewest games played but still at .500 with +5 goal differential
18 Dallas Stars Four game win streak caps off a 7-3 recent record
19 Detroit Red Wings Things are on the upswing in Motor City
20 San Jose Sharks James Reimer, 6th best GAA! Backup Adin and Hill and the offense we wont talk about
21 New Jersey Devils 2nd most losses in shootouts behind Pittsburgh
22 Winnipeg Jets Third worst PK in the league (69%); currently lost 6 of last 7 games
23 Buffalo Sabres This top line of Skinner, Tate and Olofsson
24 Los Angeles Kings Rebuild is still in motion; some injuries slowing things
25 Chicago Blackhawks They are emerging with a few wins but still have a horrible goal differential on the year
26 Vancouver Canucks 2-8 across their last 10 games, 2nd worst in league; worst PK in the league
27 Seattle Kraken Tryin to regain some traction lately after a rough stretch
28 Philadelphia Flyers Their 6 game losing streak is 2nd worst in league (NYI the 1st)
29 Montreal Canadiens They have one of the worst records on the road in the league (2-9-1)
30 New York Islanders They keep shuffling ideas but can't crack these continuing losses; power play is atrocious (82%)
31 Ottawa Senators 2nd worst goal differential in the league
32 Arizona Coyotes Worst goal differential in the league