NHL Power Rankings: Burning hot Flames take top spot

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Feb 2, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Calgary Flames defenseman Christopher Tanev (8), goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) and center Elias Lindholm (28) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

In our latest NHL Power Rankings, the Calgary Flames have been scorching hot as they’ve dominated in the month of February. After two months outside the Top Ten, Darryl Sutter has his charges leading the Pacific Division on the strength of a 10-1 run heading into March.

Let’s dive in to the latest Rankings.

NHL Power Rankings

January’s Top Ten Teams:

  1. Florida Panthers 28-8-5 (New)
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins 25-10-5 ⬆️
  3. Colorado Avalanche 27-8-3 (New)
  4. Carolina Hurricanes 27-8-2 ⬇️
  5. New York Rangers 26-11-4 (Even)
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning 27-10-5 ⬇️
  7. St. Louis Blues 24-11-5 (New)
  8. Nashville Predators 25-14-3 ⬇️
  9. Toronto Maple Leafs 24-10-3 ⬇️
  10. Boston Bruins 23-12-2 (New)

February’s Top Ten Teams:

  1. Calgary Flames 31-14-6 (New)
  2. Colorado Avalanche 39-10-4 ⬆️
  3. Carolina Hurricanes 37-11-4 ⬆️
  4. Pittsburgh Penguins 33-14-8 ⬇️
  5. St. Louis Blues 32-14-6 ⬆️
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning 34-11-6 (Even)
  7. Toronto Maple Leafs 33-14-4 ⬆️
  8. New York Rangers 33-15-5 ⬇️
  9. Boston Bruins 31-17-4 ⬆️
  10. Florida Panthers 35-13-5 ⬇️

Daily Goal Horn Power Rankings Breakdown

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Feb 21, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau (13) celebrates the game winning goal by forward Elias Lindholm (28) against the Winnipeg Jets in the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Flames won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

Calgary Flames: It’s hard to find a better team in the NHL right now. A 10-1-1 February has catapulted the Flames into first in the Pacific and a lock for a playoff spot. New addition Tyler Toffoli is fitting right in as well.

Carolina Hurricanes: They may be the best team in the NHL with the way they play. Fast and aggressive they can be just too much for teams to handle. They are 6-2-2 this month and starting to put a firm hold on first in the Metro.

Colorado Avalanche: The Avs continue to roll with a 7-2-1 record in February. This high powered offense is humming and living up to the preseason predictions as Stanley Cup favorites.

Pittsburgh Penguins: They were the hottest team in hockey for awhile. They hit a bump in the road this month but still managed to go 6-3-1 and jump the Rangers for second place.

St. Louis Blues: The 2019 Stanley Cup Champs are looking like a dangerous playoff team again. They made a big move to crack the ranking last month and appear here to stay. The Blues went 6-1-1 in February.

Tampa Bay Lightning: The Lightning are who they are: the 2X Defending Stanley Cup Champions. They’re holding steady at 6th on the list after winning 5 of 6 this month.

Toronto Maple Leafs: The Leafs are hanging in the top 10 after going 6-4-1 in February. With the trade deadline looming it will be interesting to see what they do.

New York Rangers: The Rangers dropped this month after going 4-2-1. However, as long as Igor Shesterkin is healthy they’re likely to remain in the top 10. If they can land some help at the trade deadline, they could even move up.

Boston Bruins: Here come the Bruins. Led by the goaltending of Jeremy Swayman they moved up a notch. Boston went 6-3-1 this month and you can’t discount this veteran squad.

Florida Panthers: The Panthers dropped the most since January thanks to a 3-4-0 February. However, a blip on the screen isn’t enough to take them off the list.