Another week of hockey is in the books, which means that it’s time for the next round of power rankings for the 2022-2023 NHL season.
This list is a combination of my rankings and rankings done by Jim Lynch, and stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Eastern Conference still owns the top spot.
Where does each team stand ahead of the NHL trade deadline?
With the trade deadline now less than two weeks away and the push for the postseason intensifying, here are the updated NHL power rankings.
32. Anaheim Ducks (Previous Rank: 27)
The Anaheim Ducks have been unable to escape the bottom of the NHL standings and these power rankings, but they did manage to work their way up to 27 as recently as last week. However, an 0-3 week in which they were outscored 8-20 drops them to last place here.
31. Chicago Blackhawks (28)
There’s no real news in the Windy City as the NHL world simply waits to see what will happen with Patrick Kane, if anything, at the trade deadline. For now, the Chicago Blackhawks remain a franchise on the brink of a full rebuild.
30. Columbus Blue Jackets (32)
For the first time in about a month, the Blue Jackets do not come in at the bottom of this list. A pair of wins over the Central Division-leading Dallas Stars and Winnipeg Jets was enough to bump the Jackets up a couple of spots.
29. Vancouver Canucks (30)
The Vancouver Canucks went 1-2 last week, which is about what you would expect for a team that ranks in the bottom four in these rankings. On the season, Vancouver owns a 22-30-4 record.