It's an odd week for the power rankings. Many of the NHL's top teams have struggled, while clubs outside the playoff pack like Columbus and Carolina have posted perfect records. The San Jose Sharks held top position seven days ago, but can they hold it after a mediocre performance this week?
With seven days of largely uncharacteristic performances from the NHL's 30 clubs, it's as good a time as any to unveil a change in the power rankings that we have had coming for a long time.
Rather than having a single voice assessing where teams sit, this week marks the debut of our experts' poll, with some of the top voices from Bleacher Report's NHL side registering their votes in the best and worst teams in the game.
Voting this week are Adrian Dater, Dave Lozo, Allan Mitchell, Lyle Richardson, Carol Schram, Rob Vollman and myself. The criteria remain the same, and the vote will focus heavily on performances in the last week, with the overall NHL standings only serving as an anchor for each team.
Read on to see how our experts break down the league.