NHL Power Rankings: Red Wings Struggle Before Stanley Cup Playoffs

The text provides updates on various NHL teams, highlighting key player performances, team standings, and potential impacts on the playoffs, with specific focus on individual achievements, team dynamics, and challenges faced by each team as they navigate the season.

1. Panthers

Vladimir Tarasenko is making waves with his new squad. He scored a goal and added two assists in a recent victory against the Flyers. If Tarasenko keeps this up, Florida’s opponents are in for a tough time come playoff season. The Panthers’ top-six is now a powerhouse with names like Matthew Tkachuk and Aleksander Barkov leading the charge. It’s an enviable lineup, to say the least.

45-19-4

2. Rangers

Mika Zibanejad finally broke his drought with a five-on-five goal against the Flyers, his first in 31 games. Despite their struggles, the Rangers have outperformed expectations, thanks in part to Artemi Panarin’s stellar play. But, they’ll need Zibanejad firing on all cylinders for the playoffs.

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45-20-4

3. Hurricanes

The Hurricanes decided against upgrading their goalie situation, and it’s paying off. Pyotr Kochetkov and Frederik Andersen have been solid between the pipes. If they keep it up, Carolina will be a formidable force in the postseason.

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43-20-6

4. Stars

Logan Stankoven is lighting up the NHL since his late February call-up. With five goals and three assists in just nine games, he’s making it look easy. Dallas dominating the expected goals metric with Stankoven on the ice is a scary thought for the rest of the West.

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42-19-9

5. Jets

Nikolaj Ehlers has hit a rough patch, with only three goals in his last 20 games. Despite a hot start to the season, his recent performance has dipped. A lower shooting percentage might be to blame, but it’s unlikely to last.

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44-19-5

6. Oilers

Connor McDavid is in a league of his own, hitting the 100-point mark yet again. He’s in elite company, echoing the feats of legends like Steve Yzerman and Brett Hull. McDavid’s determination could very well bring the Stanley Cup back to Edmonton.

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41-21-4

7. Avalanche

Nathan MacKinnon thrives at Ball Arena, contributing to every home game this season. His recent performance helped the Avalanche sweep their home stand. With MacKinnon’s form, home-ice advantage could be crucial for Colorado in the playoffs.

44-20-5

8. Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs’ top-heavy lineup is both a blessing and a curse. With four players hitting the 20-goal mark, they’re formidable. But if any of them slump, it could spell trouble for Toronto’s playoff ambitions.

3

39-20-9

9. Canucks

After a rough end to February, the Canucks are back on track, winning four straight. Quinn Hughes is heating up at the right time, pushing Vancouver towards a strong playoff position.

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43-18-8

10. Bruins

Hampus Lindholm is proving invaluable on Boston’s defense. His presence has significantly impacted the Bruins’ performance, making them a tough team to beat.

41-14-15

11. Predators

Rookie Luke Evangelista is making his mark with goals in three consecutive games. His performance under coach Andrew Brunette suggests a bright future in Nashville.

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40-25-4

12. Kings

The Pierre-Luc Dubois Experiment in Los Angeles is facing challenges. With only modest contributions recently, Dubois needs to step up for the Kings to make a postseason impact.

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36-22-11

13. Golden Knights

Vegas’ roster is among the NHL’s best when healthy, but injuries have taken a toll. The team’s playoff position is secure, but there’s work to be done to reach their full potential.

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36-25-7

14. Islanders

The Islanders are back in the playoff race, thanks to a recent point streak. With games in hand, they have a real shot at overtaking their rivals.

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29-24-15

15. Lightning

Steven Stamkos is facing challenges this season, impacting the Lightning’s performance. Despite his offensive contributions, the team struggles with him on the ice.

37-25-6

16. Flyers

The Flyers have hit a rough patch, with goaltending issues contributing to their struggles. Samuel Ersson’s recent performance has been a setback for the team.

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35-26-8

17. Red Wings

Detroit’s underlying issues have caught up with them, resulting in a six-game losing streak. The team’s decision to stay quiet at the trade deadline seems wise, given their current state.

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35-28-6

18. Wild

The Wild are clinging to playoff hopes, thanks in large part to Kirill Kaprizov’s recent heroics. If he continues his stellar play, Minnesota could surprise many.

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34-28-8

19. Kraken

Jordan Eberle’s contract extension is well-deserved, reflecting his impact on and off the ice for Seattle. His leadership will be crucial as the Kraken aim for future success.

28-27-12

20. Flames

Calgary’s playoff hopes are dimming after recent losses. Despite trading away key players, the team is looking towards rebuilding with new assets.

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33-30-5

21. Capitals

The Capitals are focusing on the future, aiming to support Alex Ovechkin’s quest for the goal-scoring record. Every second of playtime counts for Ovi now.

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33-26-9

22. Sabres

Bowen Byram has been a standout for the Sabres since his arrival. His performance suggests a bright future in Buffalo, making the trade with the Avalanche look promising.

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33-32-5

23. Blues

St. Louis’ season has been a rollercoaster, with recent losses overshadowing a big win against Boston. Jordan Binnington’s form is a silver lining for the Blues.

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36-30-3

24. Devils

New Jersey’s struggles continue, but changes in goal signal a shift in strategy. The team is already looking towards next season, hoping for a turnaround.

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33-32-4

25. Penguins

Watching the Penguins struggle is disheartening, with scoring becoming a significant issue. The team’s playoff chances are dwindling, adding to the gloom.

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30-29-9

26. Canadiens

The Canadiens made a savvy move by trading goalie Jake Allen, securing a valuable draft pick. It’s a smart step in their rebuilding process.

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25-31-12

27. Blue Jackets

Columbus has found a glimmer of hope with the Russian Line’s recent performance. Their chemistry on the ice is a positive sign for the team’s future.

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23-34-12

28. Blackhawks

Chicago has shown signs of life, outscoring opponents in recent victories. Connor Bedard’s contributions have been particularly impressive.

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19-45-5

29. Coyotes

Lawson Crouse is in a scoring drought, impacting the Coyotes’ performance. He remains a key player for the team, despite recent struggles.

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28-36-5

30. Senators

The Senators have ended their losing streak, offering a moment of relief in a challenging season. The team’s future moves will be closely watched.

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28-35-4

31. Ducks

Anaheim’s recent performances have been dismal, highlighting the team’s struggles this season. The Ducks are eagerly awaiting the season’s end.

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23-43-3

32. Sharks

The Sharks’ trade involving Tomas Hertl was a strategic move, aiming for financial flexibility and future assets. It’s a step towards rebuilding for San Jose.

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16-45-7

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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