The NHL’s regular season is over and the playoffs will be underway later this week.

This concludes the NHL Power Rankings for the 2011-12 season, and the Vancouver Canucks – winners of the Presidents’ Trophy – also finished on top in the rankings.  Rounding out the top five are the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues.

Here’s how the rankings fell into place:

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The Vancouver Canucks won the Presidents’ Trophy, and also finished first in the NHL Power Rankings at TWHS

KP’s NHL Power Rankings: April 9, 2012

*Stats and figures as of end of 2011-12 NHL regular season

1. Vancouver Canucks – 51-22-9 – 111 points (158 points) – Last Week: #1

2. Boston Bruins – 49-29-4 – 102 points (148 points) – Last Week: #2

3. New York Rangers – 51-24-7 – 109 points (136 points) – Last Week: #3

4. Pittsburgh Penguins – 51-25-6 – 108 points (131 points) – Last Week: #4

5. St. Louis Blues – 49-22-11 – 109 points (118 points) – Last Week: #5

6. Philadelphia Flyers – 47-26-9 – 103 points (108 points) – Last Week: #6

7. Nashville Predators – 48-26-8 – 104 points (107 points) – Last Week: #8

8. New Jersey Devils – 48-28-6 – 102 points (102 points) – Last Week: #9

9. Detroit Red Wings – 48-28-6 – 102 points (101 points) – Last Week: #7

10. Phoenix Coyotes – 42-27-13 – 97 points (94 points) – Last Week: #13

11. Chicago Blackhawks – 45-26-11 – 101 points (80 points) – Last Week: #11

12. San Jose Sharks – 43-29-10 – 96 points (80 points) – Last Week: #14

13. Los Angeles Kings – 40-27-15 – 95 points (74 points) – Last Week: #10

14. Ottawa Senators – 41-31-10 – 92 points (64 points) – Last Week: #12

15. Washington Capitals – 42-32-8 – 92 points (43 points) – Last Week: #18

16. Florida Panthers – 38-26-18 – 94 points (38 points) – Last Week: #15

17. Buffalo Sabres – 39-32-11 – 89 points (34 points) – Last Week: #19

18. Dallas Stars – 42-35-5 – 89 points (23 points) – Last Week: #17

19. Colorado Avalanche – 41-35-6 – 88 points (23 points) – Last Week: #16

20. Calgary Flames – 37-29-16 – 90 points (21 points) – Last Week: #20

21. Montreal Canadiens – 31-35-16 – 78 points (13 points) – Last Week: #25

22. Winnipeg Jets – 37-35-10 – 84 points (4 points) – Last Week: #21

23. Carolina Hurricanes – 33-33-16 – 82 points (0 points) – Last Week: #23

24. Tampa Bay Lightning – 38-36-8 – 84 points (-4 points) – Last Week: #27

25. Anaheim Ducks – 34-36-12 – 80 points (-4 points) – Last Week: #26

26. Toronto Maple Leafs – 35-37-10 – 80 points (-5 points) – Last Week: #22

27. Minnesota Wild – 35-36-11 – 81 points (-12 points) – Last Week: #28

28. Edmonton Oilers – 32-40-10 – 74 points (-18 points) – Last Week: #24

29. New York Islanders – 34-37-11 – 79 points (-26 points) – Last Week: #29

30. Columbus Blue Jackets – 29-46-7 – 65 points (-61 points) – Last Week: #30


The Wife Hates Sports’ NHL Power Rankings system has a method to its madness, attempting to be different and not just rank by popularity and record.  It mixes a secret formula of six completely different categories, meshed into a points system.  The categories don’t just include team results regarding record, but how each team has performed recently, as well as incorporating some statistics on both a team’s offense and defense, too.

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