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Sports NHL Power Rankings: Lightning stay on top, Panthers make late-season charge

19:42  12 march  2018
19:42  12 march  2018 Source:   thescore.com

McCann gets OT winner, Panthers top Maple Leafs

  McCann gets OT winner, Panthers top Maple Leafs Jared McCann scored at 3:47 of overtime and the Florida Panthers beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Tuesday night. McCann grabbed a loose puck in the neutral zone, skated in and fired a shot from the slot past goalie Curtis McElhinney. Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist, and Aleksander Barkov also scored for the Panthers. Vincent Trocheck added two assists and Roberto Luongo stopped 37 shots. Zach Hyman and Dominic Moore scored for the Maple Leafs, and McElhinney made 28 saves. Star centre Auston Matthews sat out again with a shoulder injury.

slug: nhl - power - rankings - lightning - stay - on - top -as-avalanche- panthers - make -big-jumps | sport Regular- season titles are nothing to get crazy about (you know what we're talking about, right The Lightning staying put is not indicative of our entire pecking order, though, because this week had

The Lightning are still atop the Power Rankings , but the emergence Entering the second half of the season , the Lightning have solidified their spot atop the NHL , but the And given just how well the Knights are playing, a trip to the Cup Final could make a burgeoning Vegas market thrive even more.

The 12th installment of theScore's NHL Power Rankings is put together by editors Josh Gold-Smith, Craig Hagerman, and Cory Wilkins.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning (48-17-4)

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Previously 1st

The Lightning became the first NHL club to reach the 100-point plateau this season with a victory over the Canadiens on Saturday. They've won five straight games and are 5-0-1 since our last edition, leaving little doubt that they remain the league's pace-setters. - Gold-Smith

2. Nashville Predators (44-14-10)

Previously 3rd

The Predators are also 5-0-1 in their last six, and they had a 10-game win streak snapped by the Devils in a shootout Saturday night. They look primed to make another run to the Stanley Cup Final, and while they won't take anyone by surprise this time, this is a deep, versatile club that's well prepared to weather the home stretch and beyond. - Gold-Smith

Kapanen’s flight path parallels Leafs’ high aspirations

  Kapanen’s flight path parallels Leafs’ high aspirations SUNRISE, FLA.—Kasperi Kapanen’s rise from a fourth-line winger with incredible skating skills to an option for the top line is just what the Maple Leafs are looking for as they enter the stretch run.It’s all about getting better. In contention for the Eastern Conference lead and with a Stanley Cup playoff berth all but guaranteed, the trick is to maintain momentum until the post-season arrives.And there’s reason to believe they’ll make some noise when they get there. According to Sports Club Stats, which rates the chances of pro teams making the playoffs and winning it all, the Leafs have a 100 per cent shot at the post-season.It’s just 4.

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We take a look at the top Stanley Cup contenders and the teams that probably need to start looking 1. Tampa Bay Lightning — They have the most talented roster in the league and seem to be in a That is a tough gap to make up this late in the season . 24. Florida Panthers — There is still a young

3. Boston Bruins (43-16-8)

Previously 6th

Boston entered Sunday's game having won six straight games, and even though they lost to the Blackhawks, what they've done without Patrice Bergeron, Charlie McAvoy, and now Brad Marchand has been nothing short of remarkable. - Gold-Smith

4. Winnipeg Jets (41-18-9)

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Previously 4th

The Jets had four straight wins before Saturday's road loss to the Flyers, a game in which Patrik Laine matched Alex Ovechkin for the league lead with his 40th goal. Laine has been on an absolute tear with nine goals in his last five games, and deadline acquisition Paul Stastny has made an instant impact. - Gold-Smith

5. Vegas Golden Knights (44-19-5)

Previously 2nd

Vegas righted the ship with road victories over the lowly Red Wings and Sabres and still has a comfortable lead atop the Pacific Division. But, the Golden Knights needed a late tying goal and a shootout to beat Buffalo and now have a 5-4-1 record in their last 10. - Gold-Smith

Kucherov leads Lightning past Canadiens 3-2 in shootout

  Kucherov leads Lightning past Canadiens 3-2 in shootout TAMPA, Fla. - With their latest run, the NHL-best Tampa Bay Lightning have reached a new milestone: first in the league to 100 points. Nikita Kucherov scored the tying goal in the third period and converted in the fourth round of the shootout, and Tampa Bay beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Saturday. The Lightning improved to 9-0-1 in their last 10 games, with six victories coming in overtime or in the shootout. "You have to give credit to the guys. They've found a way to get points and that's what you have to do," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.

Close battle for the top spot after Lightning lose two in a row for the first time this season . The Lightning are still the NHL ’s most dangerous team when you consider all areas, although their hold on the We’ve seen an indication that the Coyotes can be competitive if Antti Raanta can stay healthy.

All the Panthers have done since then is go 9-2-0, win six in a row, and climb to within a single point of a Wild Card spot entering play on Monday. Their hot streak helps them make a big leap in the Power Rankings this week. We also have a new team in the top spot as well as a new team in the basement.

6. Toronto Maple Leafs (40-22-7)

Previously 5th

Road losses to the Sabres and Capitals were cause for mild concern, but a controversial yet decisive victory over the Penguins on Saturday allayed those concerns for now. The win came at home, where the Leafs have won a franchise-record 10 straight games. - Gold-Smith

7. Pittsburgh Penguins (40-26-4)

Previously 8th

The Penguins had won three in a row before Saturday's loss in Toronto, and Evgeni Malkin continues to put pressure on Nikita Kucherov in the Art Ross Trophy race with 11 points in his last six games. - Gold-Smith

8. Minnesota Wild (39-23-7)

Previously 10th

The Wild have reeled off seven wins in their last 10, and three of those have come in the team's last four. What Eric Staal is doing at age 33 - namely ranking fourth in the NHL with 37 goals coming into Sunday's games - continues to be one of the best stories of the season. - Gold-Smith

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NBC Sports Boston Hockey Insider Joe Haggerty gives us his NHL power rankings as we begin to Anyway, without further ado here are this week’s power rankings : 1. Tampa Bay Lightning Florida is putting together something special late in the season in an area that needs some things to root for.

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9. Washington Capitals (38-23-7)

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Previously 9th

Braden Holtby hasn't been himself of late and he's getting some time to "reset," but Philipp Grubauer has been excellent in his stead. The Capitals need Holtby to get right before the playoffs, but the backup netminder's steady play has to be reassuring for Barry Trotz's club. - Gold-Smith

10. Anaheim Ducks (34-23-12)

Previously 11th

Ryan Getzlaf has been on fire with 12 points in his last five games. The captain's surge bodes well for the Ducks, who remain a deeper team than the Sharks, their Pacific Division rivals who sit just a single point ahead of them for second place with a game in hand. - Gold-Smith

11. Philadelphia Flyers (35-23-11)

Previously 7th

You've heard this one before: Poor goaltending is hurting the Flyers, as the team has allowed 23 goals and has come up with just one win in its last six outings. New netminder Petr Mrazek has allowed four or more in five of his last six. - Wilkins

12. Dallas Stars (38-25-6)

Previously 12th

Despite goaltender Ben Bishopbeing on the shelf, the Stars have hung with it in his absence, posting an even 1-1-1 record. Tyler Seguin has also impressed, with 10 points in his last six appearances. - Wilkins

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NBC Sports Boston Hockey Insider Joe Haggerty gives us his NHL power rankings as we begin to Florida is putting together something special late in the season in an area that needs some things to root for. It makes for a weird in- season dynamic, but could be the very best thing long term for the

13. San Jose Sharks (36-23-9)

Previously 15th

As has been the case this year in San Jose, the Sharks owe a lot of their success to goaltending. While the team fails to manufacture much offense, Martin Jones is shutting it down between the pipes, having allowed just eight goals in his last five games. - Wilkins

Luongo shutout lifts Panthers over Habs 2-0

  Luongo shutout lifts Panthers over Habs 2-0 Luongo shutout lifts Panthers over Habs 2-0MONTREAL - Aaron Ekblad scored in the first period and the Florida Panthers inched closer to a playoff spot with a 2-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.

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14. Columbus Blue Jackets (36-28-5)

Previously 16th

Winners of four straight, the Blue Jackets are doing their part to nail down a wild-card position in the East. Defenseman Seth Jones is certainly chipping in, pocketing three goals - including two-game winners - in the past two games. - Wilkins

Power Rankings: The Teams at the Top Are Sorting Themselves Out

  Power Rankings: The Teams at the Top Are Sorting Themselves Out The two best teams in hockey are the two hottest teams: Nashville is 9-0-1 in its last 10; Tampa Bay is 7-2-1. The contenders behind the Predators and Lightning, however, are a mixed bag. Boston is 7-2-1, but Vegas has experienced a little turbulence in recent weeks, going 5-5-0 in the same span. Toronto is looking good at 6-2-2, while Pittsburgh has gone 5-4-1. Of course, playoff runs are unpredictable—Nashville was an eighth seed heading into a first-round matchup with the Blackhawks last year. And who had the Senators taking the Penguins to Game 7 in the Eastern Conference finals? Some teams just need to eke their way in so they can start making noise. There's always a hot goalie, but then again, there's destiny. Right now, destiny seems to have the leading hand. Here's how we see teams stacking up in the NHL, from 31-1 (stats and records through Monday's games): 31. Buffalo Sabres Last week: 30 (-1) Record: 23-37-12 Jack Eichel’s return has provided some extra oomph, but there’s still not enough on this team to do much of anything. 30. Arizona Coyotes Last week: 31 (+1) Record: 24-37-11 They're in the midst of their best stretch of the season. Darcy Kuemper has actually been pretty good since coming over from L.A. 29. Vancouver Canucks Last week: 28 (-1) Record: 25-38-9 Man, the Canucks lose Brock Boeser and there's absolutely no one left to score. 28.

The Lightning were ranked first by 12 of the 13 staff members who participate in the poll. The Winnipeg Jets and Vancouver Canucks each are making their season debut in the Super 16. The San Jose Sharks are back in; they haven't been ranked since they were No. 15 in the preseason Super 16

The 13th installment of theScore's NHL Power Rankings was put together by editors Ian McLaren The Jets aren't resting on their laurels as the season winds down, as evidenced by a recent fight The Panthers still hold games in hand in the Eastern Conference's wild-card race, but they haven't done

15. Florida Panthers (34-25-7)

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Previously 19th

No Eastern Conference club has a better record since the All-Star break than Florida, and the results are starting to show. The Panthers sit two points back of a playoff position and hold three games in hand. - Wilkins

16. New Jersey Devils (25-26-8)

Previously 14th

Taylor Hall pieced together an astounding 26-game point streak, but it might not be enough, as the Devils have won just two of their past six and are in danger of slipping out of a playoff position. - Wilkins

17. Calgary Flames (34-26-10)

Previously 17th

The return of injured goaltender Mike Smith could not come soon enough, as the Flames have fallen out of a playoff seed in his absence. Entering Sunday's contest, Calgary had won just two of its past six games. - Wilkins

Playoff percentages: Stars, Devils take massive hits; Panthers make drastic gain

  Playoff percentages: Stars, Devils take massive hits; Panthers make drastic gain Through the remainder of the regular season, we'll take a look at how each night's action impacts the playoff race, highlighting which teams' postseason odds went up or down significantly. Much like that first car your parents might have given you in high school, the engine has completely fallen out of the Dallas Stars. The club dropped its sixth straight game on Tuesday with a loss to the Washington Capitals, concluding its road trip with a 0-4-2 record. As Tyler Seguin coined it postgame: It was "the road trip from hell.

At times this season the Lightning have looked like an on-ice version of the Harlem Globetrotters Entering the week the Lightning have the best record in the league (three points ahead of the next He has topped 30 points just once in the past five years with 36 being the high point during that stretch.

18. Colorado Avalanche (36-24-8)

Previously 22nd

Colorado continues to build its case as the comeback story of the year, as the team has already accumulated 32 points more than last season and remains in the thick of the playoff race. Center Nathan MacKinnon remains a potential Hart Trophy candidate. - Wilkins

19. Los Angeles Kings (37-26-5)

Previously 17th

Los Angeles remains in the playoff chase in the West, but the team hasn't made life easy on itself with a pedestrian .500 record in its last four. That stretch includes Saturday's embarrassing 7-2 loss to the Blues, another team in the hunt for a wild-card spot. - Wilkins

20. St. Louis Blues (36-27-5)

Previously 18th

While there are signs of life in St. Louis, any recent credit must go to goaltenders Carter Hutton and Jake Allen, who have allowed just eight goals in the last four games. - Wilkins

21. Carolina Hurricanes (30-27-11)

Previously 21st

The Hurricanes have gone 3-2-0 since the last rankings and put up a noble effort against the Jets despite falling 3-2.

The Ron Francis demotion/promotion shocked much of the hockey world, but the team's on-ice play has remained stagnant. - Hagerman

22. New York Islanders (30-29-10)

Previously 20th

The playoffs were within the Islanders' grasp at the trade deadline, but appear to be wilting away.

The club has dropped eight of its last nine games and now sit seven points out of the final wild-card spot in the East. It would take a comeback of epic proportions to have any chance of making the dance. - Hagerman

23. Edmonton Oilers (30-34-4

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Previously 24th

The Oilers could be much lower on this list, but, they do have Connor McDavid.

He's on a seven-game point streak with six goals and 13 points and sits just four points back of Nikita Kucherov for the Art Ross Trophy. - Hagerman

24. New York Rangers (30-32-7)

Previously 28th

For so long, the Rangers remained in the playoff hunt, even after the organization made the decision to start a rebuild. The fruits of the team's deadline activity are finally coming to fruition as the club has dropped three straight and are now 10 points out of a playoff spot and 14 from 31st overall. - Hagerman

25. Montreal Canadiens (25-31-12)

Previously 26th

No Carey Price, no Shea Weber, and no Max Pacioretty, so there's little reason to expect much from the Canadiens heading down the stretch, except maybe better lottery odds for the first overall pick. - Hagerman

26. Chicago Blackhawks (30-32-8)

Previously 25th

This season has been an off one for the Blackhawks. The club is on pace to finish with 35 wins, which would be their lowest total since the 2006-07 season when they had 31 wins in a miserable 71-point campaign.

Chicago has shown glimpses of their elite skill, look no further than the team's win over the Bruins on Sunday, but for now, the club will get a rest from playoff hockey for the first time in 10 years. - Hagerman

27. Detroit Red Wings (26-31-11)

Previously 23rd

Six straight losses says it all.

Luckily the team looks to be on board the rebuild train, and with eight picks in the first four rounds of the draft this June, Detroit should get a nice boost this summer. The Red Wings are closer to last than a playoff spot and that's the direction they should aim for down the stretch. - Hagerman

28. Ottawa Senators (23-33-11)

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Previously 29th

One step forward, two steps back. That's the best way to sum up the Senators' season and their most recent stretch.

After an emotional win against the Golden Knights, they dropped a decision to the Coyotes. Ottawa then topped the Stars but followed that up with losses to the Sabres and Flames. The end of the season can't come quick enough. - Hagerman

29. Arizona Coyotes (22-35-11)

Previously 27th

The Coyotes' 6-3-1 run over their last 10 is impressive, but it's too little too late at this point. - Hagerman

30. Buffalo Sabres (22-35-12)

Previously 31st

The Sabres have rattled off five wins in their last 10, but still find themselves stuck with the second-worst record in the league. - Hagerman

31. Vancouver Canucks (25-35-9)

Previously 30th

With two regulation wins in their last 10 games, there is little positivity around the Canucks' locker room these days. And if things weren't bad enough, it looks as though Brock Boeser - who has been the team's best player all season - will be out until next fall. - Hagerman

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Playoff percentages: Stars, Devils take massive hits; Panthers make drastic gain .
Through the remainder of the regular season, we'll take a look at how each night's action impacts the playoff race, highlighting which teams' postseason odds went up or down significantly. Much like that first car your parents might have given you in high school, the engine has completely fallen out of the Dallas Stars. The club dropped its sixth straight game on Tuesday with a loss to the Washington Capitals, concluding its road trip with a 0-4-2 record. As Tyler Seguin coined it postgame: It was "the road trip from hell.

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