Updated: March 2, 2015, 11:56 AM ET

Deadline impact


By Scott Burnside (posted March 2, 2015)

It's been a hectic week leading into Monday's trade deadline with the Chicago Blackhawks bulking up and the Toronto Maple Leafs unloading the unloadable in David Clarkson. What was the impact of all that movement on the Power Rankings? Read on to find out.

Rk(LW)TeamRec
1
Montreal
41-16-5
With the Preds taking a brief step sideways, we'll give the streaking Canadiens the top spot in the rankings. Love the additions of Devante Smith-Pelly and Jeff Petry, and Carey Price continues to be otherworldly for the Habs, who have won four in a row.
2
Nashville
41-15-7
The Predators are still the cream of the Western Conference crop and boast the league's top home record.
3
NY Rangers
38-17-6
The Rangers are in it to win it with the additions of Keith Yandle and James Sheppard, while re-signing Mats Zuccarello, who looked for a moment like he was headed out of town. Heady times for a Rangers team that has rallied around the absence of starter Henrik Lundqvist.
4
Anaheim
40-17-7
The Ducks are slowly getting back to form. Will be interesting to see whether the Tomas Fleischmann reunion with Bruce Boudreau boosts Fleischmann's production.
5
St. Louis
40-18-5
Games like Sunday's goal-fest against the Canucks are troubling, but the Blues still look like they're slowly getting back into a groove as they look to lock down second place in the Central Division.
6
NY Islanders
41-12-2
The Islanders' up-and-down stretch has allowed the Rangers to close the gap on first place in the Metropolitan Division.
7
Detroit
35-15-11
The Wings enjoyed a strong road trip and play four of five at home, where they will welcome new power forward Erik Cole. Looking forward to Sunday's tilt with the Bruins.
8
Pittsburgh
36-17-9
Marc-Andre Fleury is continuing his strong campaign and the Pens are slowly inching back into the fight for top spot in the Metro, with four straight wins.
9
Minnesota
33-22-7
The Wild continue their terrific run behind Devan Dubnyk, who must now be considered in both the Vezina and Hart Trophy discussions.
10
Tampa Bay
38-20-6
The Lightning are drifting, with four wins in their last nine games, including a loss to the cross-state rival Panthers on Sunday, but made a big add overnight in Braydon Coburn.
11
Vancouver
36-23-3
The Canucks' playoff hopes rest in the hands of Eddie Lack in Ryan Miller's absence. Great opportunity for the popular netminder to establish himself as a No. 1. The Canucks came up with a huge shootout win over the Blues on Sunday, in spite of a third-period collapse.
12
Chicago
37-21-5
The Blackhawks paid a premium for defenseman Kimmo Timonen and Antoine Vermette. Will they be enough to get the Windy City boys back on track?
13
Los Angeles
29-21-12
The Kings have hit a slight stumble on their march to the playoffs, including a loss Sunday to the Jets in a tough, tough game. The Kings are still a team to be feared. Love the addition of Andrej Sekera.
14
Winnipeg
32-20-12
The Jets continue to hold down a wild-card spot and are playing like a team destined for the postseason. That was a huge win in a nasty game with the Kings on Sunday.
15
Washington
34-20-10
Veteran defender Tim Gleason and depth forward Curtis Glencross are interesting adds for a Capitals team that is already hard to play against. Their shutout win over the Leafs on Sunday broke a three-game losing skid.
16
Boston
31-22-9
The Bruins have looked better of late but still not where they want to be. The pressure is squarely on GM Peter Chiarelli and head coach Claude Julien, but I still feel this is a dangerous team come playoff time. Is Brett Connolly the answer?
17
Florida
28-22-13
GM Dale Tallon is keeping things hopping with the additions of Jaromir Jagr and Dany Heatley, and the departures of Sean Bergenheim and Tomas Fleischmann. Jagr made his presence known in a big win over the Lightning on Sunday.
18
Calgary
33-25-4
Tough road trip continues with visits to Philadelphia, Boston, Detroit and Ottawa. They went just 1-2 in their New York swing, as the offense has gone south.
19
Ottawa
27-23-10
The Sens have rallied behind goalie Andrew Hammond, who has won five in a row for the plucky club.
20
San Jose
30-25-8
The Sharks continue to slide out of the playoff picture in the West.
21
Philadelphia
27-25-11
The Flyers came up with a huge win against the Rangers, but losses to lesser teams are putting a dent in their slim playoff hopes. GM Ron Hextall is shedding assets as Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn were sent out of town.
22
New Jersey
26-27-10
The Devils continue to play well, although their seeming reluctance to sell off pieces outside of Jaromir Jagr remains a bit of a puzzler.
23
Carolina
24-30-7
Credit Bill Peters for getting strong play out of his young Canes, in spite of the selling off of assets Tim Gleason, Andrej Sekera and Jiri Tlusty. The Canes have won three straight.
24
Colorado
27-25-11
The Avs are in no-man's-land. Not making the playoffs and they don't have many options for shedding assets to help reboot the process.
25
Dallas
27-26-10
The Stars are in sell mode, with the playoffs all but a memory. Erik Cole, having a strong season in Dallas, is now a Red Wing.
26
Edmonton
18-35-10
The Oilers are still keeping the Sabres within range at the bottom of the standings. Getting closer should be made easier now with Jeff Petry in Montreal.
27
Columbus
26-32-4
It will be interesting to see how the David Clarkson experiment turns out for a Blue Jackets team that is enduring a miserable campaign.
28
Toronto
25-33-5
The Leafs' seven road wins ties the Sabres for the lowest total in the league. Sell, sell, sell. Still shaking our collective heads over the David Clarkson deal. That is likely to continue for a long time.
29
Buffalo
19-39-5
The Sabres still have a grip on the last spot in the standings. Can they maintain it to guarantee at least either Jack Eichel or Connor McDavid?
30
Arizona
20-36-7
Embarrassing, lost season continues for a Coyotes team that has now lost nine straight. But GM Don Maloney has hit home runs in moving Antoine Vermette, Keith Yandle and Zbynek Michalek.

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