Power rankings are updated every Tuesday throughout the NHL season.

Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 19-5
The Stars keep winning at an unfathomable clip. Speaking of unfathomable, how about that comeback against the Minnesota Wild? Down 3-0 in the third and they pulled out the 4-3 win in OT. Impressive.
2 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 18-4-3
▲ 1
Can the Canadiens possibly keep up their winning ways wihout Carey Price for the next six weeks? If Mike Condon keeps playing the way he's playing, there's a real good shot.
3 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 17-5-1
▲ 1
The Caps have won five straight and are rolling along. Evgeni Kuznetsov is continuing his stellar sophomore campaign with eight goals and 18 assists through 23 games. Their date with the Canadiens this week could definitely be an Eastern Conference Finals preview.
4 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 15-6-3
▲ 1
Momentum has eluded the Blues of late as they have alternated between wins and losses in their last seven games. After a trip to Brooklyn to face the Islanders, the Blues can at least look forward to a nice five-game homestand.
5 New York Rangers New York Rangers 17-6-2
▼ 3
Their play hasn't passed the eye test of late, and losing Derek Stepan hurts as the Rangers lack the scoring depth to make up for his absence. They'll need their blue line to contribute and lock down opponents in front of Henrik Lundqvist to continue their winning ways.
6 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 14-8-1
A big third period against the Blackhawks prevented the Kings from losing four of their last five, albeit one in overtime. Marian Gaborik hasn't had a great season but rose to the occasion and delivered the tying and winning goals for his club, shades of 2013-14 for sure.
7 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 13-8-1
▲ 4
Back-to-back comeback wins for the Bruins has this team riding high. Tuukka Rask has quelled early concerns and is playing better hockey while Boston's big guns are starting to perform. They're winning games most would expect them to lose and might just be a factor in the East after all.
8 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 14-9
▼ 1
The Sharks rebounded nicely from their loss to the Blackhawks with a 5-2 win over the Flames. They'll see the Flames again next week, but before that they'll face the Penguins, Ducks and Lightning, good tests for a team still trying to prove it belongs among the Western Conference elites.
9 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 11-8-2
▲ 3
What can you say about Patrick Kane? The guy is the best player in the NHL right now. 19 straight games with a point and 37 points in 23 games means the Hart trophy is his to lose.
10 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 12-6-5
▲ 3
Even after their defeat at the hands of the Coyotes, the Senators are still playing good hockey. They've won four of their last five and now return home for a three-game stretch against the Flyers, Blackhawks and Islanders.
11 New York Islanders New York Islanders 13-8-4
▲ 6
The Islanders are peaking and it seems to be coming at the perfect time. The Rangers are making their first trip to the Barclay's Center to face the Isles and the Islanders can make a big statement with a win over the struggling Blueshirts from across the river.
12 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 11-7-4
▼ 4
The Wild have dropped their last three games and are sinking quickly towards the bottom of the ultra-competitive Central division. Zach Parise getting his feet back under him could help right the ship, but they'll have to do it quickly with the defending-champion Blackhawks up next.
13 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 11-8-1
▼ 4
Maybe Patrik Elias has been watching Jaromir Jagr in Florida while he's been recuperating. The 39-year-old Elias rejoined the Devils lineup and powered the team to a 3-2 win over the Canadiens. Moral of the story, this team finds ways to win, whether it's Cory Schneider or an aging two-time Stanley Cup champion getting the job done.
14 Arizona Coyotes Arizona Coyotes 13-9-1
▲ 4
Something special is happening in the desert. The Coyotes keep winning, much to the surprise of everyone around the NHL. Give coach Dave Tippett credit, he has this young team buying in and results are coming sooner than expected.
15 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 12-8-4
▼ 1
The Wings have earned points in each of their last seven games and are heading into an easier portion of their schedule than they just emerged from. If they can get their anemic power play going (0-7 last three games) they could keep that point streak going even longer.
16 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 12-7-4
▼ 6
The Preds are still reeling and having trouble finding the back of the net. Hard not to attribute some of that to their grueling six games in nine nights schedule but no excuses in the NHL. They have to start scoring again, and soon - Pekka Rinne can only do so much.
17 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 13-8-2
▼ 1
The Penguins are still maddeningly inconsistent. The offense that was supposed to make up for a weak blue line hasn't produced at a consistent level yet, but perhaps change can do this team good. The Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis line of yesteryear is reportedly getting back together, so let's see if that sparks the Pens and No. 87.
18 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 9-11-5
▲ 1
The Ducks are the Penguins of the Western Conference with a little bit of a worse record. Their offense is an enigma and their inconsistency is bordering on bizarre. Could a 4-0 win over the Canucks spur them onto a big homestand this week? Maybe this is when the Ducks finally wake up.
19 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 10-9-4
▲ 2
A 2-1 overtime win against the Red Wings was a nice start to their road trip. Now the Panthers face the Blues, Predators and Blue Jackets in four nights, a tough stretch for any team.
20 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 11-11-3
▼ 5
After blowing a 2-0 lead at home against the Islanders the Bolts hit the road and have to face some of the Pacific's best teams in San Jose, LA, and Anaheim. Not ideal for a team that's struggling like the Lightning are. Injuries or not, they need to get it together.
21 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 11-12-2
▼ 1
When the Jets win, it's not really a product of their offense as much as it is their defense. In their 10 losses in November, they're allowing an average of 4.6 goals per game. That falls on everyone, goalies, forwards and defensemen alike.
22 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 9-9-7
a 4-7-3 stretch in November has put the Canucks towards the bottom of the Western Conference. Ryan Miller isn't playing as well as he did in October, but a general lack of depth is still the deep-rooted problem that will plague the Canucks all year.
23 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 9-10-5
Even though the Rangers are mired in a slump, that was a signature win for the Flyers. They still have to solve the case of the missing Jakub Voracek if they're going to go anywhere but a two-game winning streak is a start for this club.
24 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 10-15
▲ 1
The Blue Jackets keep inching closer and closer to respectability. Not only are they 6-4 in their last 10 games but Sergei Bobrovsky has regained his confidence as well. They should be out of the Eastern Conference basement in no time.
25 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 8-12-4
▲ 2
The Hurricanes are one goal away in almost all of their games this year, which is either a good sign or torturous depending on your point of view. Still, give this young team credit for never taking a night off.
26 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 8-11-5
▲ 2
Could Garret Sparks be the answer to the Maple Leafs' goaltending conundrum? Time will tell, but it's hard to argue against giving the rookie more starts with the way James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier have played.
27 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 8-14-2
▼ 1
Just when you think the Flames are on to something, they suffer three straight losses to Western Conference stalwarts. The Flames might just not turn it around this year.
28 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 8-11-2
▲ 1
Lost in the Eichel excitement has been fellow rookie Sam Reinhart, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014 who made his presence known against the Nashville Predators with two goals, including the game-winner. This team is built for the future and seeing their young players thrive must be exciting for Dan Bylsma and the Sabres brass.
29 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 9-14-1
▼ 5
The Avs' defense has been atrocious. Colorado actually ranks eighth in scoring this year but their defense is taking them out of games they should be winning. Semyon Varlamov needs to be better as well - a 3.28 goals against and a .887 save percentage won't cut it for any NHL team.
30 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 8-15-2
Losing 0-3 to the Maple Leafs was just an awful way to finish a five-game road trip, but on the bright side, Connor McDavid is reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery. Every cloud has a silver lining, even one that's been lingering over Edmonton for over a decade.


About The Ranker:

Bryan Altman is an Associate Producer and writer for CBS Local Sports. For some reason, he is an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for either of his other three teams. Read more from Bryan here.

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