Pickswise NHL Power Rankings: Bruins on Top, while Canadiens fall

Carey Price minds the net for the Montreal Canadiens
Photo of Kaleb Kraus

Kaleb Kraus

NHL

Show Bio

Pickswise's Esports expert. Very passionate about sports, especially college football and college basketball. I am a 2018 graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.

It’s been a quick start to the 2019-2020 NHL Season. With it now being December, teams are starting to battle it out to be the best come later in the season. Plenty of teams are on hot streaks, but none have looked stronger than the Boston Bruins who find themselves atop the Pickswise NHL Power Rankings to start December. Which team will be the best in the West isn’t as clear at this point, but plenty of games left for that to be decided. The East has plenty of contenders this season, but can any slow down the Bruins? There are a lot of interesting games ahead so make sure to check our NHL picks as well. But let’s jump into the Pickswise NHL Power Rankings for this week.

1. Boston Bruins (18-3-5) Previous rank: 3rd

Boston has rattled off six straight wins, and don’t blink because they can score quickly. Next Game: vs MTL (Today).

2. Washington Capitals (19-4-5) Previous rank: 2nd

Alexander Ovechkin is arguably the greatest goal scorer of all-time and the Capitals are one of the best teams in the NHL. Next Game: @ SJ (12/3).

3. New York Islanders (17-5-2) Previous rank: 1st

The Islanders California Trip was pretty disastrous, but they are still one of the best teams in the NHL. Next Game: @ DET (12/2).

4. St. Louis Blues (17-5-6) Previous rank: 4th

The Blues find themselves as the top team in the Western Conference so far, can they maintain it? Next Game: @ CHI (12/2).

5. Colorado Avalanche (16-8-2) Previous rank: 5th

Nathan McKinnon has been playing at a high level, but he can only carry Colorado so far, they are a battle-tested team. Next Game: @ TOR (12/4).

6. Philadelphia Flyers (15-7-5) Previous rank: 16th

The Flyers have been one of the hottest teams in the final week of November and could have momentum at the right time. Next Game: vs TOR (12/3).

7. Edmonton Oilers (16-9-3) Previous rank: 6th

Edmonton slips with two-straight losses but could bounce back with a match-up in Vancouver up next. Next Game: @ VAN (Today).

8. Dallas Stars (15-10-2) Previous rank: 11th

Dallas has had a crazy season so far, but still, find themselves in contention after a slow start. Next Game: @ MIN (Today).

9. Carolina Hurricanes (16-10-1) Previous rank: 9th

Things still looking up for the Hurricanes after a tough 3-2 win over Tampa Bay to finish November. Next Game: @ BOS (12/3).

10. Winnipeg Jets (16-10-1) Previous rank: 12th

The Jets will have plenty of tests ahead, with two straight games against Dallas, this week. Six wins in their last eight games have them trending up. Next Game: vs DAL (12/3).

11. Arizona Coyotes (15-9-4) Previous rank: 7th

What a difference a year makes, as the Arizona Coyotes are one of the best teams in the Western Conference. Their mojo is down a bit with two straight losses. Next Game: @ CLB (12/3).

12. Florida Panthers (13-8-5) Previous rank: 8th

Still one of the biggest surprises this season, Florida has been a tough out every time they take to the ice. Next Game: vs MIN (12/3).

13. Pittsburgh Penguins (14-9-4) Previous rank: 13th

Pittsburgh has plenty of work to do, but as long as they can stay within the playoff race, for when Sidney Crosby returns then this team will be dangerous. Next Game: vs STL (12/4).

14. Tampa Bay Lightning (12-9-3) Previous rank: 18th

It has also been a pretty slow start for the Lightning this season, but they have played a pretty brutal schedule so far. Next Game: @ NSH (12/3).

15. San Jose Sharks (15-12-1) Previous rank: 17th

The Sharks looked doomed after a very slow start but have battled their way into third in the Pacific with five wins in their last six games. Next Game: vs WSH (12/3).

16. New York Rangers (13-9-3) Previous rank: 25th

New York has won four of their last five games, with the loss coming against Boston in overtime. Next Game: vs VGS (12/2).

17. Vancouver Canucks (13-10-4) Previous rank: 14th

The Canucks are coming off a very important win against division-leading Edmonton. They will get another shot tonight. Next Game: vs EDM (Today).

18. Toronto Maple Leafs (13-11-4) Previous rank: 19th

The record doesn’t quite show it but Toronto sits third in the Atlantic with 30 points. Next Game: @ PHI (12/3).

19. Nashville Predators (12-10-4) Previous rank: 20th

This isn’t the start most Nashville fans were hoping for, but they aren’t out of it yet. Next Game: vs TB (12/3).

20. Montreal Canadiens (11-9-6) Previous rank: 10th

Seven straight losses, and with no signs of an end to that streak, the Canadiens could be in for a free-fall. Next Game: @ BOS (Today).

21. Vegas Golden Knights (13-11-4) Previous rank: 15th

The Knights record doesn’t quite show they are still a contender this season, but back-to-back wins over Nashville and Arizona doesn’t hurt. Next Game: @ NYR (12/2).

22. Buffalo Sabres (12-10-5) Previous rank: 23rd

It has been quite the odyssey for the Sabres already this season, but they still have an opportunity. Next Game: vs NJ (12/2).

23. Calgary Flames (13-12-4) Previous rank: 22nd

No more Bill Peters as he resigned as coach, yet the Flames have responded with back-to-back wins. Next Game: vs BUF (12/5).

24. Minnesota Wild (11-11-4) Previous rank: 29th

Minnesota has won two straight but against some of the league’s worst. Next Game: vs DAL (Today).

25. Columbus Blue Jackets (11-11-4) Previous rank: 26th

The Blue Jackets aren’t out of it by any means, but their next few games will be a tough test. Next Game: vs ARZ (12/3).

26. Chicago Blackhawks (10-11-5) Previous rank: 21st

The Blackhawks have had a tough schedule as of late, and it only gets harder. Next Game: vs STL (12/2).

27. Anaheim Ducks (11-12-4) Previous rank: 27th

The Ducks are almost the best 11 win team, but then again they aren’t. Next Game: vs LA (12/2).

28. New Jersey Devils (9-12-4) Previous rank: 28th

How much longer will John Hynes last as the Devils head man? This team isn’t good. Next Game: @ BUF (12/2).

29. Los Angeles Kings (11-14-1) Previous rank: 30th

The Kings get a boost after knocking off one of the best teams in the NHL in the Islanders along with a win over Winnipeg. Next Game: @ ANA (12/2).

30. Ottawa Senators (11-15-1) Previous rank: 24th

They aren’t the worst team in the NHL this year, but they have lost four straight-games and yet still have the same amount of wins as teams just ahead of them in the power rankings. Next Game: @ VAN (12/3).

31. Detroit Red Wings (7-19-3) Previous rank: 31st

How the bottom feels, that is exactly where this year’s Red Wings team belongs, as they are terrible. Next Game: vs NYI (12/2).

Virginia Bonuses

See All
Unibet

$100

Get a $100 Risk-Free Bet!

Register for a new Unibet account & make a deposit

Place your first bet up to $100 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $100

New players only. Terms & conditions apply. 21+. VA only.

FanDuel Sportsbook

$1,000

Get a $1,000 No Sweat First Bet

Sign up for a new FanDuel Sportsbook account and make your first deposit of $10+

Place your first bet up to $1,000!

Get refunded if you lose up to $1,000

Must be 21+. First online real money wager only. $10 first deposit required. Bonus issued as non-withdrawable free bets that expire 14 days after receipt. See full terms at fanduel.com/sportsbook.

BetRivers

$500

Get a $500 Risk-Free Bet

Sign up for a new BetRivers account using promo code PICKSWISE

Make your first deposit & get up to $500 in free bets

To get $500 in free bets, wager $500

Must be 21+. Play in IA Only. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-BETS OFF

BetMGM

$200

Bet $10, Win $200 if Any NBA Team Hits a Three Pointer!

Sign up for a new betting account with BetMGM

Place a pre-game moneyline wager of at least $10 on a NBA game

Win $200 in free bets if any team hits a three pointer

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

DraftKings

$150

Bet $5 & Win $150 If Your First Moneyline Bet Wins!

Sign up for a new account with DraftKings Sportsbook and make your first deposit

Bet $5+ on the pre-game Moneyline in any sport

Win $200 if your team wins

Offer valid for new players only. Must be 21 years or older to play. Reward paid in site credit. Full terms available at DraftKings Sportsbook.

PointsBet

$800

Get 4x $200 In Free Bets

Sign up for a new PointsBet account

Bet up to $200 and If you lose, you get a refund

You will receive Free Bet(s) in the amount of the losing wager(s), up to $200 each for four days.

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

Caesars Sportsbook

$1,250

Get a $1,250 risk-free bet

Sign up for a new Caesars Sportsbook account

Place your first bet of $10 or more

If your first bet loses, you’ll receive a refund up to $1,250 from Caesars in free bets

21+. Terms and conditions apply.

BetMGM

$200

Bet $10, Get $200 if Any NHL Team Scores A Goal

Sign up for a new betting account with BetMGM

Place a pre-game moneyline wager of at least $10 on a NHL game

Win $200 in free bets if any teams scores a goal

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

BetMGM

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Risk Free Bet

Register for a new BetMGM & deposit

Place your first bet up to $1,000 risk-free!

Get refunded up if you lose up to $1,000

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

PointsBet

$500

Get 5x $100 in Free Bets for Steelers vs. Colts!

Sign up for a new PointsBet account

Make a bet of up to $100 and receive a refund if you lose

Get this offer once a day for the first 5 days you sign up

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

DraftKings

$1,000

Get a $1,000 Deposit Bonus

Register for a new DraftKings Sportsbook account & deposit

DraftKings will match 20% of your deposit up to $1,000 total

To get a $100 bonus, deposit $500

21+. Terms & conditions apply.

PointsBet

$2,000

Get $2,000 in Free Bets

Register for a new PointsBet account & deposit

Receive a free bet refund up to $500 if your first fixed odds bet loses

& a free bet refund up to $1,500 if your first two PointsBetting Wager loses

Must be 21+. Full terms are available at PointsBet.

Monkey Knife Fight

$100

Claim Instant Deposit Match up to $100 + Free $5 game

Register for a Monkey Knife Fight account & deposit using promo code PICKSWISE100

Monkey Knife Fight will match your first deposit up to $100

Deposit $100 and you'll get $100 bonus + a free $5 game

18+. Terms and conditions apply. You must live in one of the states where real money DFS is legal.

TVG

$200

Get Your First Single-Horse Win Wager Back Up to $200 if you don't win

Register for a new TVG account and make a deposit

Place your first single horse win-type bet up to $200

If your horse doesn't win you'll get a refund up to $300

21+. T&C's apply. Please gamble responsibly.

TwinSpires

$200

Get a $200 Sign-Up Bonus with Twinspires Racebook!

Open your TwinSpires.com account using offer code BET200

$200 bonus cash will be credited in increments of $100 for every $400 wagered

To earn the full $200 bonus players must wager $800 within 30 days

21+. Terms and conditions apply.

Underdog Fantasy

$100

First deposit is 100% matched up to $100 with Underdog Fantasy

Sign up for a new account with Underdog Fantasy

Make your first deposit

Every dollar (up to $100) will be matched! Deposit $25, get $50; deposit $100, get $200, etc

Must be 21+ to play. Terms & conditions apply