NHL Power Rankings: Race for the Presidents' Trophy down to Vegas and Colorado
Vegas Golden Knights (2) Will it be Fleury or Lehner for Game 1? Colorado Avalanche (3) Can win the Presidents’ Trophy with back-to-back wins against L.A. Carolina Hurricanes (1) Back-to-back losses to Nashville doesn’t bode well for playoffs. Florida Panthers (5) Finished season with two straight wins against Tampa Bay. Toronto Maple Leafs (6) Hard to imagine Campbell not being the Game 1 starter. Minnesota Wild (7) With 51 points, Kaprizov deserves the Calder Trophy. Pittsburgh Penguins (9) Playoff success hinges on Malkin’s health. Washington Capitals (8) Kuznetsov has a lot to prove in the playoffs. Tampa Bay Lightning (4) Kucherov and Stamkos expected to return for Game 1. Boston Bruins (10) If Hall can keep scoring, Bruins are going to be a tough out. Edmonton Oilers (11) McDavid has two or more points in each of the past six games. New York Islanders (12) Barzal finishes the year on a two-game scoring streak. Nashville Predators (13) Finished season winning six of last eight. Winnipeg Jets (17) Beating Vancouver 5-0 was the confidence boost they needed. St. Louis Blues (15) Have scored eight goals in the past four games. Montreal Canadiens (14) A four-game losing streak is not how you start the playoffs. New York Rangers (18) David Quinn the latest scapegoat in a season that wasn’t that bad. Dallas Stars (16) Robertson’s rookie year was the bright spot this season. Philadelphia Flyers (19) Expect Carter Hart to be better next year. Chicago Blackhawks (21) Will Toews be back next year? Arizona Coyotes (20) Missing the playoffs in three out of four years cost Tocchet his job. Calgary Flames (22) The trade watch is on for Gaudreau and Monahan. Los Angeles Kings (23) Eichel would speed up the rebuild in a hurry. Ottawa Senators (24) Stuetzle’s hat trick was a fitting end to the season. San Jose Sharks (25) Little wiggle room under the cap to make many moves. Vancouver Canucks (26) Just end it, already. Detroit Red Wings (27) No team needs to win the No. 1 pick more. Columbus Blue Jackets (28) Finding Laine a centre is the top priority. New Jersey Devils (29) The kids could use some veterans to learn from. Anaheim Ducks (30) What does the future hold for Getzlaf? Buffalo Sabres (31) Cozens wants to stay in Buffalo. At least someone does.