2021-22 NHL Power Rankings: Contenders and pretenders


All teams are fighting for the Stanley Cup, but who are the contenders and who are just pretenders? Here's a look at where teams stand in the latest 2021-22 NHL Power Rankings. (updated 11/8/2021).

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Winless no more! The Coyotes finally earned their first win of the season as they rallied to beat Seattle. That's the good news. The bad news is it took 12 games to finally get into the win column.


After an abysmal start to the season, the Blackhawks fired head coach Jeremy Colliton.


Ottawa has one win in its last eight games and hope for a competitive season is fading fast.


Carey Price is returning to the team on Monday. The priority is making sure he is OK, but if he is ready to play, the struggling Canadiens sure could use him.


The Jack Eichel saga is mercifully over and now Buffalo can just focus on rebuilding...again.


There are a lot of players in Vancouver who have had disappointing starts to the season. Thatcher Demko, however, isn't one of them.


Jordan Eberle recorded the first hat trick in franchise history.


Five losses in seven games for the Sharks has erased a four-game win streak to start.


After a hot start, the Devils have cooled off with three losses in four games.


Six wins in their first 13 games is a pretty dramatic improvement for the Red Wings who went 22 games last season before their sixth win.


COVID continues to run through the Penguins' locker room as the team lost both SIdeny Crosby and head coach Mike Sullivan this week.


In his last five starts, Juuse Saros has save percentages of .966, .944, .950, .929 and .938.


The Kings have put together a nice winning streak of four straight.


The Ducks have won four straight and out-scored their opponents 15-4.


A road trip out west has not been kind to the Rangers who have lost three straight.


Injuries are making an older Caps team turn to its young prospects, but does Washington have the prospect depth to keep up?


Braden Holtby is enjoying a career resurgence in Dallas with seven starts in 11 games and a .924 save percentage.


This is more than just a sluggish start. Ten games into the season, the Avalanche, a team widely thought to be the frontrunner for the Cup this season, has a losing record.


Vegas landed Jack Eichel which will make them formidable when he returns from surgery. For now, however, this trade does nothing to help them in the short term.


Columbus will be without Patrik Laine for 4-to-6 weeks which is bad news for a team that is playing better than many expected coming into the season.


After a 5-0-0 start, St. Louis is 2-2-1 in its last five games.


Patrice Bergeron started the week with 0 goals. He finished with 4, all of which came in one game.


The Flyers have been without Ryan Ellis for seven games and have gone 4-2-1 in those seven.


A 5-3-2 record may not look like much, but the Islanders have not played a single game at home yet. They have just three games left in a 13-game road swing to start the season.


The Jets have earned points in eight of their last nine games.


Only one goalie in NHL history has earned more wins in his first 300 starts than Andrei Vasilevskiy.


The Flames were in on the Jack Eichel sweepstakes. Can they still be contenders without him?


In a stacked Central Division, the Wild are the best of the bunch.


Mitch Marner is heating up and so are the Leafs.


As good as Connor McDavid is, don't forget about Leon Draisaitl. It's actually Draisaitl and not McDavid who currently leads the league in points.


The Hurricanes are no longer undefeated, but a 9-1-0 record is still pretty darn good.


A battle between the only two teams without a regulation loss was won emphatically by Florida who scored four goals on Carolina in the first period to breeze to a win.

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