NHL Power Rankings: Predators finish regular season No. 1; Jets, Lightning rise in top five – CBSSports.com

The time has finally come. After 82 games for all 31 NHL teams, the Stanley Cup playoffs are upon us.

That means it’s also time for one final regular-season edition of our NFL Power Rankings — a culminating look at the teams from top to bottom as the postseason gets underway. And there’s still quite a bit of movement among the league’s best, with the Winnipeg Jets and Tampa Bay Lightning both moving up in the top five as they prepare to make serious runs at the Cup.

The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Nashville Predators remain at No. 1 as the most dominant club entering the playoffs, but anyone in the top 10 has a reasonable argument to be considered among the Cup favorites, especially when the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves at No. 9 after two straight title victories.

Biggest Movers 3 Islanders   1 Predators Somehow, after last year’s playoff peak, they enter this postseason with even higher expectations. — 53-18 2 Jets Talk about coming in hot. Connor Hellebuyck is the man to watch. 1 52-20 3 Lightning Let’s not overthink this. Their top scorers are far and above the best of the league. 2 54-23 4 Bruins Getting Rick Nash back for the playoffs would be a bonus. But Tuukka Raask and that defense are the real gems here. 2 50-20 5 Golden Knights It’s balance that’ll allow them to advance. Their penalty kill, offensive depth and veteran net presence is no joke. 1 51-24 6 Maple Leafs No one’s set records like them. But they’re going to need Auston Matthews and Co. to go above and

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