The NHL’s final stretch is well underway as teams embark on big road trips, or home-stands. In the past week, some teams have seen their losing streaks snapped, while others celebrated a franchise record being broken… some good, some bad. Let’s get to it, with this week’s NHL Power Rankings.
#30: Buffalo Sabres – 16-35-3
The Sabres snapped their franchise-worst losing streak a week ago with a win over the Montreal Canadiens, and have been flip-flopping wins and losses since. The embarrassment continues for the NHL’s bottom-feeders, as they put only TEN (10) shots on goal in their loss against the New York Islanders on Sunday.
#29: Edmonton Oilers: 15-30-9
The Oilers were the team to finally watch the Toronto Maple Leafs’ embarrassing losing streak come to an end, as the Buds took down the Oil 5-1 on Saturday. With Taylor Hall still without a timetable for his return, the NHL Draft can’t come fast enough for fans in Oil Country.
#28: Arizona Coyotes: 20-27-7
Though the Coyotes went 2-2 in the past week, including a big win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night, their next three games look anything but favourable. With Mike Smith the Coyotes’ only experienced option in goal post-Devan Dubnyk trade, things aren’t looking up in the desert right now.
#27: Carolina Hurricanes: 19-26-7
The ‘Canes closed out their four-game road trip with a couple of big wins against the Coyotes and Anaheim Ducks, but after the Ducks travel to Raleigh on Friday, it’s back on the road for two tough games in three nights. The Hurricanes are hoping they can work some magic during their 4 consecutive days off until then.
#26: Ottawa Senators: 20-22-9
The Senators are mired in a three-game losing skid,but will look to get back in the win column against the Sabres on Tuesday night. Chris Phillips is now the Sens’ all-time games played leader, and has since been shut down for a week due to “wear and tear”. Somewhere, Daniel Alfredsson nods silently.