Bruins, the wild boar peaks at the right time

In this week’s version of the NHL Power Rankings, the Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild continue to get closer to the league elite thanks to their outstanding performances in recent weeks. Although they may not be at the Colorado, Florida or Carolina level overall record for the season, they have definitely started to succeed at the right time.

The Bruins have been one of the hottest teams in the league for more than a month and are being formed to be a brutal opening match for one of the winners of the Eastern Conference division.

In the West, Wilde has been 9-0-1 in its last 10 games and has been strengthened by Marc-Andre Flori, who is 3-0 with a save of 0.958 in his first three games with the team. . Do not sleep on these two people as they approach the Stanley Cup play-off stage.

In this week’s ranking, we look at those teams and more.

Where is your team sitting?

To the NHL power rankings this week!

1. Colorado Avalanche (Last Week: 1). Just an overall game from a hockey team. Expectations will be right from the roof. Anything less than a conference final will be a huge disappointment.

2. Florida Panthers (LW: 2). The best attack we’ve seen in the NHL in nearly 30 years. They can embarrass every night.

3. Carolina Storms (LW: 3). Very good, very deep, very good and still a young team. There are no obvious drawbacks to exploiting here as a result of goalkeeping moves.

4. Tampa Bay Lightning (LW: 5). Steven Stamkos is still an animal and they are still a serious claimant.

5. Boston Bruins (LW: 6). They are 16-3-1 in their last 20 games. Begin to peak and step at the right time. It is not a team that wants to play the best of the seven in a series right now.

6. Minnesota Wild (LW: 9). Marc Andre Flori has a great start here. This can make them scary.

7. Toronto Maple Leafs (LW: 10). One can only hope that the goalkeeping situation is good. This is a game changer that can be on both sides.

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8. Calgary Flames (LW: 4). They have cooled down a bit in the last two weeks, but this defensive game, that goalkeeping and that top line should still make them a tough play-off opponent.

9. Pittsburgh Penguins (LW: 7). Jason Zucker’s injury could be huge, given how hopeful they are that he will complete his second line with Evgeni Malkin and the new signing of Rickard Rockel in the new trade deadline.

10. New York Rangers (LW: 8). This is the most important recession of Igor Shesterkin this season. This time of year is not suitable for it.

11. St. Louis Blues (LW: 14). They currently have six goalscorers and 20 goals this season. Ultra-deep offensive team.

12. Edmonton Eulers (LW: 16). Connor McDavid and Leon Drysitel both have more than 100 points again (now) and the team itself looks significantly better after the change of coach. There are still some concerns in defense and goal.

13. Dallas Stars (LW: 15). Jason Robertson is becoming a star here. A great player who deserves more attention.

14. Washington Capitals (LW: 11). Vitek Vanchek’s game was not good because they did not pay the goalkeeper in the deadline. Not good.

15. The Golden Knights of Vegas (LW: 17). Just when their season seemed to be over, they won five games in a row and seven games out of nine. A healthy Golden Knight team will be problematic in the playoffs.

16. Los Angeles Kings (LW: 13). Not enough good things can be said about the purchases of Philip Danalt and Victor Arvidson. Huge pickups that really transformed this team in a short time.

17. Nashville Predator (LW: 15). They have never scored a 40-goal goal in their entire lives and may have two goals this season (Philipp Forsberg and Matt Duchenne).

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18. New York Islands (LW: 19). Do not be surprised if they return to the playoffs next season.

19. Winnipeg Jets (LW: 18). The point to consider here is whether Kyle Connor can reach the 50-goal mark this season.

20. Columbus Blue Jacket (LW: 20). They really need a return season from Elvis Marzlikins next season.

21. Buffalo Sabers (LW: 23). Is Tage Thompson blooming late or is he just the person who takes the most ice time and scores all the goals for a bad team? If it is the first, it will be a very positive development for the Sabers.

22. Vancouver Canucks (LW: 21). They are not going to lead to a playoffs, but they do look really good under Bruce Boudreau. This should extend his new contract.

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23. San Jose Shark (LW: 22). They just seemed to have their fate stuck in the middle for a while.

24. Montreal Canadiens (LW: 24). Cole Caulfield may still finish the season with 20 goals, which would be amazing considering the way he started.

25. Ottawa Senators (LW: 30). Their jump is more about what others have done recently.

26. Detroit Red Wings (LW: 26). It was a promising start to the season followed by a disappointing ending. There are still some great pieces in place.

27. New Jersey Demons (LW: 27). Scoring should be at the top of their off-season roster.

28. Anaheim Dox (LW: 25). Trevor Zegras should not have to defend himself or fight for talent and skill.

29. Philadelphia Flyers (LW: 29). There is no problem with how they deal with Kate Yandel. It’s time he’s had a great career, this game is impressive, but it’s time to end it.

30. Chicago Black Hawks (LW: 28). Jonathan Toos, who deflected the ball into overtime in overtime against the worst team in the league, on a night when he was praised for playing in 1,000 games, is a great result for this season.

31. Seattle Cracken (LW: 31). Matt Duchen (potential 40 goals) and Vladimir Tarasenko (59 points in 61 games) were both in the expansion. اوف

32. Arizona Coyotes (LW: 32). Clayton Claire has been a big asset for the team this season and then his season ended brutally. Which smells.

Adam Gertz Is an author for Professional hockey talk show on NBC Sports. Drop him in a line phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @AGretz.

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