NHL Power Rankings: Jets, Jackets trending up while Oilers, Canadiens slide

There is stability at the head of the NHL power rankings, with the top three teams remaining in place and the Jets, last week's No. 5 club, inching up into the fourth spot overall. On the other end, the floundering Canadiens, Oilers and Flyers continue to fall in this week's ranking.

Here is the complete breakdown of the NHL power rankings for Week 7.

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NHL power rankings 7.0

1. Tampa Bay Lightning

15-3-2, 32 pts (last week: 1)

Lost to Islanders at home this past week. Two of their three regulation losses are to New York teams (the other to the Rangers) on home ice. Still the best show on ice in the NHL.

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2. St. Louis Blues

16-5-1, 33 pts (last week: 2)

Won three straight this week and now lead NHL with 33 points, though they've played two more games than Lightning. Brayden Schenn point streak now at eight games. And the walking wounded are coming back — Jay Bouwmeester is the latest, making this team even deeper and better.

3. Toronto Maple Leafs

14-8-0, 28 pts (last week: 3)

Six-game win streak snapped in unacceptable home-ice loss to the last-place Coyotes, but still on solid footing overall.

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4. Winnipeg Jets

12-5-3, 27 pts (last week: 5)

How about the Jets with the second-most points in the Western Conference? Four-game winning streak snapped in Nashville Monday. Now facing three-game west coast trip this week.

5. Columbus Blue Jackets

11-7-1, 23 pts (last week: 8)

During current four-game winning streak, Sergei Bobrovsky allowed only four goals in total, with a shutout over the Rangers mixed in for good measure.

6. Pittsburgh Penguins

11-8-3, 25 pts (last week: 4)

Only 59 goals scored this season, and a minus-16 goal differential. Sidney Crosby just one goal in 14 games, three points in last six. Yet Penguins are only two points out of first in Metro.

7. Nashville Predators

12-6-2, 26 pts (last week: 7)

Homeboys are 7-1-1 on home ice, with four straight wins in Nashville in which they totaled 20 goals.

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8. New Jersey Devils

12-5-3, 27 pts (last week: 11)

Travis Zajac returned to the lineup, providing more depth and skill to a team that continues to be one of the NHL's biggest surprises this season. Latest Kyle Palmieri injury a blow.

9. New York Islanders

11-7-2, 22 pts (last week: 14)

Rookie Mathew Barzal is not only exciting to watch, but has five points in last three games and 19 in 20 games this season, providing key secondary scoring behind John Tavares' line.

10. Calgary Flames

12-8-0, 24 pts (last week: 15)

Johnny Gaudreau has points in a league-high 10 straight games. Won two of first three on current six-game road trip.

11. San Jose Sharks

10-8-1, 20 pts (last week: 6)

Just went 0-2-1 on three-game homestand, scoring only three goals total. Just 6-6-1 on home ice this season. Maybe a good thing they hit the road again.

12. Washington Capitals

11-10-1, 23 pts (last week: 12)

Defenseman John Carlson is playing 27 minutes a night, and has 15 assists and 17 points, in his walk year.

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13. New York Rangers

10-9-2, 22 pts (last week: 9)

Lost two straight before splendid team defensive effort and Henrik Lundqvist shutout Sunday against Senators. However, top d-man, and team captain, Ryan McDonagh now sidelined with abdominal strain.

14. Los Angeles Kings

12-7-2, 26 pts (last week: 9)

Lost five of six overall, including four of five at home. Scored eight goals in five most recent losses.

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15. Vegas Golden Knights

12-6-1, 25 pts (last week: 19)

Home sweet home. Golden Knights have won eight of nine on home ice after beating Kings Sunday.

16. Vancouver Canucks

10-8-3, 23 pts (last week: 16)

Brock Boeser with two goals in Philly on Tuesday, now second among all rookies with nine goals and 19 points.

17. Ottawa Senators

8-5-6, 22 pts (last week: 13)

Two ways to look at the Sens. 1.) They've earned at least one point in 14 of 19 games. 2.) They've lost 11 of 19 games. Six OT defeats most in NHL.

18. Minnesota Wild

9-8-3, 21 pts (last week: 17)

Scored three goals yet still lost to Devils Monday. Fifth time this season Wild scored three or more and lost. Surprising considering string goaltending of Devan Dubnyk.

19. Chicago Blackhawks

10-8-2, 22 pts (last week: 18)

Alex DeBrincat tied for third among rookies with seven goals. The 19-year-old has four goals and two assists on his current four-game point streak.

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20. Detroit Red Wings

10-8-3, 23 pts (last week: 27)

How about that line brawl against the Flames? This team continues to battle and surprise, currently in third place in Atlantic.

21. Anaheim Ducks

10-7-3, 23 pts (last week: 21)

How about 40 saves from Reto Berra and a nine-round shootout win over the Sharks this week?

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22. Dallas Stars

11-9-1, 23 pts (last week: 22)

How about some love for John Klingberg? He has 16 assists and 20 points in 21 games, tied for first in both categories among all NHL defensemen.

23. Carolina Hurricanes

9-6-4, 22 pts (last week: 24)

Won three of last four overall. Started four-game homestand with solid 4-2 win over Islanders on Sunday.

24. Colorado Avalanche

10-8-1, 21 pts (last week: 25)

Returned from Sweden to win two of three. Now impressive 6-1-1 on home ice.

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25. Edmonton Oilers

7-12-2, 16 pts (last week: 20)

Gave up eight goals in ugly road loss in St. Louis on Tuesday, Oilers' third straight defeat. Now own sixth-worst team GAA in NHL.

26. Boston Bruins

8-7-4, 20 pts (last week: 28)

Backup goalie Anton Khudobin is 5-0-2 in seven starts and stopped 63 of 65 shots in consecutive wins over Kings and Sharks this week.

27. Philadelphia Flyers

8-9-4, 20 pts (last week: 23)

Haven't won in nearly two weeks, losing five straight. Hardly any secondary scoring, plus injuries on blue line.

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28. Montreal Canadiens

8-12-2, 18 pts (last week: 26)

How low can they go? It is real ugly in Montreal right now with four-game skid that includes a home-ice loss to Coyotes and 6-0 home-ice shutout loss to rival Maple Leafs. At least Carey Price and David Schlemko are on verge of returns to lineup.

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29. Florida Panthers

7-11-2, 16 pts (last week: 29)

Second-worst team GAA in NHL more than offsets scoring three goals a game as Panthers are.

30. Buffalo Sabres

5-12-4, 14 pts (last week: 30)

You like their Winter Classic jerseys?

31. Arizona Coyotes

5-15-3, 13 pts (last week: 31)

Best week of the season in the desert as 'Yotes win three straight.

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