Here are our Week 5 NHL power rankings entering Friday’s games (previous ranking in parentheses):

1. (2) Vegas Golden Knights, 13-2-0

Nine consecutive regulation wins — past five to sweep a road trip — means it’s not a fluke. Second-best goals-against average in league at 2.27 says as much about new coach Bruce Cassidy’s defensive system as his young netminders. 

2. (1) Boston Bruins, 12-2-0

The timing of that dubious Mitch Miller signing was never going to be good. But announcing it while heading into Toronto’s media buzz? Goodbye, top power ranking. Team rebounded with a pair of wins since dumping Miller. 

3. (3) Carolina Hurricanes, 9-4-1

Got back on track by routing Oilers at home thanks to Andrei Svechnikov hat trick. That followed losses to Panthers and Maple Leafs in which they scored one goal in both games combined and looked less than elite. 

4. (6) Dallas Stars, 8-4-1

Had allowed two goals in each of previous three games before giving up five at Winnipeg against former Stars coach Rick Bowness to take their worst loss of the season. 

5. (20) New Jersey Devils, 11-3-0

Eight consecutive victories, the past four in come-from-behind fashion. Nico Hischier has a team-leading seven goals and a six-game points streak, with the Devils now 10-0-0 when he notches a goal or assist. 


6. (8) Colorado Avalanche, 7-4-1

Beat up on Columbus twice overseas, then Nashville stateside to pad record vs. palookas. Needed a schedule break given tough upcoming back-to-back stretches this month. 

7. (16) Winnipeg Jets 8-3-1

No mystery here. Bowness has transformed defense to where it’s allowing a league-best 2.17 goals per game. Kraken have never defeated them, and they meet Sunday.

8. (13) Seattle Kraken, 8-4-2

They’ve won a franchise-high five in a row and gone 7-1-1 against playoff teams from last season entering play Friday. Fourth line centerman Morgan Geekie has points in seven of past eight games.

9. (9) Tampa Bay Lightning, 7-5-1

Still hanging around division lead, though they’ve allowed three goals in each of past five contests, and netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy’s save percentage of .910 is his lowest in seven years. 

10. (10) Florida Panthers, 8-5-1

Defeated Carolina with help from a power-play goal against somebody other than the Philadelphia Flyers. Aleksander Barkov got it, his 65th career power-play marker to move within one of Scott Mellanby’s all-time franchise lead.

11. (4) Edmonton Oilers, 8-7-0

Evander Kane being out three months after skate blade slash is huge loss. Goaltending also again an issue with Jack Campbell being like a box of chocolates — never really know what you’re going to get. 


12. (14) New York Islanders, 9-6-0

Had won seven of eight before losing to — Arizona!? Ilya Sorokin has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his past seven games, one goal or fewer in four of his past seven.

13. (21) Los Angeles Kings, 9-6-1

Went undefeated for the week to inch ahead of the Kraken in points and have allowed just five goals in those three games as goaltending settles down. Newcomer Kevin Fiala has 14 points in 15 games. 

14. (17) Toronto Maple Leafs, 7-4-3

Allowed just two goals total in taking down stacked Boston and Carolina teams, then got dumped by streaking Golden Knights. Team’s top forwards — hello, Mitch Marner — continue to struggle in five-on-five play. 

15. (11) New York Rangers, 7-5-3

Avoided four-game losing streak with six third-period goals to beat Detroit. Defenseman Adam Fox helped with second four-point game of career — a feat surpassed by only four other defenders in long history of franchise.

16. (5) Calgary Flames, 5-6-2

Seven games without a victory will send any team off a power-rankings cliff. Jacob Markstrom has been subpar in goal, Dan Vladar awful, and defensive injuries have mounted. 

17. (19) Philadelphia Flyers, 7-4-2

Have scored two goals or fewer in four of past five, but smoke-and-mirrors act continues with Carter Hart allowing just one goal in two of past three starts. 


18. (16) Minnesota Wild, 6-6-1

Went more than two games without scoring before finally beating Anaheim — which they’ve now done 11 consecutive times — just in time to face the Kraken again. Injuries have depleted their forward lines. 

19. (23) Detroit Red Wings, 7-4-3

Before yielding eight goals in loss to Rangers, Ville Husso helped team’s surprising record by going 5-1-2 with a goals-against average of 1.86 and save percentage of .941 as better part of tandem with Alex Nedeljkovic. 

20. (12) Buffalo Sabres, 7-7-0

Just when we started taking them seriously, they went winless for the week. Eric Comrie struggling to adapt to No. 1 goaltending role, and shooting percentage has dropped significantly since the wins dried up. 

21. (26) Montreal Canadiens, 7-6-1

Why “tank” when you can teach youngsters Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield and Juraj Slafkovsky how to win? Especially in building trade market for veterans Mike Hoffman, Jonathan Drouin and Evgenii Dadonov. 

22. (18) Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-6-2

Snapped seven-game losing streak by beating Washington. But finished game with only three defensemen after new injuries, raising questions about near-term blue-line health. 

23. (30) Arizona Coyotes, 6-6-1

A 5,000-seat home arena isn’t why they’re suddenly .500. It’s a 5-4-1 road record. Have NHL’s third-best power play at 29.5% with man-advantage goals in 10 of 14 games. 


24. (18) Ottawa Senators, 4-8-1

Ryan Reynolds now says he needs a “sugar daddy” investor to help him buy team. Also might need a sugar injection to pump some energy into a squad that’s dropped seven in a row. 

25. (24) Washington Capitals, 6-7-2

Dropped five of six and helped halt Pittsburgh’s losing streak at seven. Alex Ovechkin doing his part, but rest of 2018 Stanley Cup core is really showing its age.

26. (25) Chicago Blackhawks, 5-5-3

Scored just once in two losses for the week and have dropped six of seven as injuries bring them back down to Earth. Were down to their fifth-string goaltender at one point.

27. (22) St. Louis Blues, 4-8-0

Dropped a franchise-low eight in a row before bad opposition goaltending helped them beat lowly San Jose. Former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Ryan O’Reilly tops potential trade-block candidates if Blues don’t figure some things out defensively. 

28. (27) Nashville Predators, 5-8-1

Defensemen keep giving puck away, as evidenced when Kraken popped four first-period goals on them. Goaltender Juuse Saros, who always felt somewhat overrated, can’t save team on his own — especially not with .892 save percentage. 

29. (28) Vancouver Canucks, 4-7-3

Thatcher Demko keeps struggling, with the Canucks allowing the third-most goals in the entire league. Have allowed four goals or more in 10 of 14 games and fewer than three only once.


30. (31) Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-9-0

Johnny Gaudreau has been great, but rest of team is awful. Their power play is at 6.1% and the NHL’s only one not in double digits. Somehow beat Flyers to pick up seventh and eight points — still league’s lowest total.

31. (29) Anaheim Ducks, 4-9-1

Helped snap the Wild’s two-game scoreless drought, which is best we can say about them. Are they NHL’s worst? Tied with horrible San Jose in points with a game in hand, but league’s worst goal differential at minus-25. 

32. (32) San Jose Sharks 3-9-3

New coach David Quinn unloaded on them after fifth consecutive loss, this one to abysmal Blues. League’s worst team percentage-wise and up on Columbus only because of two additional games played.