21. Anaheim Ducks
Previous: No. 20
Anaheim has been sitting just below a wild-card spot for several weeks now and just doesn’t seem to be able to turn the corner and put it all together. The Ducks have an older roster, and it begs the question if they will be sellers near the trade deadline if they can’t right the ship, and right it quick.
20. New York Rangers
Previous: No. 12
Prior to a win last night, the Rangers were losers of three straight and 3-5-2 in their last 10 games amid a major skid. They are clinging to the final wild-card slot in the East, but if they don’t start playing some better hockey they are going to be jumped quick.
19. Philadelphia Flyers
Previous: No. 19
While they were winners of four straight before a loss last night, they still find themselves just outside of the postseason currently. If they can keep the winning ways up, they can certainly make a run this year still, but for now they stay at 19 in our NHL power rankings.
18. Pittsburgh Penguins
Previous: No. 21
Winners of four straight, are the defending champs starting to put it together? Very possibly. For now, we will keep them at 18 with their 51 points in 46 games and minus-6 goal differential on the year.
17. Chicago Blackhawks
Previous: No. 17
After a nice win on Friday against the Jets, the Blackhawks took vacation early against the Red Wings on Sunday in a bad 4-0 loss at home. Going 5-4-1 in their last 10, the Blackhawks don’t seem to be able to string wins together right now, but they are going to need to if they have any chance to make the postseason this year.