The Minnesota Wild lead both the NHL's Central Division and Western Conference with 84 points (only Washington has more at 85) -- and that keeps them among the NHL elite in this week's ESPN Power Rankings. See where they landed as well as where the other 29 teams stack up this week.

ESPN's 2016 NHL Power Rankings: Week of March 6th

  1. Washington Capitals
  2. Chicago Blackhawks
  3. Minnesota Wild
  4. Columbus Blue Jackets
  5. Pittsburgh Penguins
  6. New York Rangers
  7. San Jose Sharks
  8. Edmonton Oilers
  9. Calgary Flames
  10. Ottawa Senators
  11. Boston Bruins
  12. Montreal Canadiens
  13. Anaheim Ducks
  14. Nashville Predators
  15. St. Louis Blues
  16. Los Angeles Kings
  17. Toronto Maple Leafs
  18. New York Islanders
  19. Tampa Bay Lightning
  20. Florida Panthers
  21. Buffalo Sabres
  22. Winnipeg Jets
  23. Philadelphia Flyers
  24. Vancouver Canucks
  25. New Jersey Devils
  26. Dallas Stars
  27. Detroit Red Wings
  28. Carolina Hurricanes
  29. Arizona Coyotes
  30. Colorado Avalanche

ESPN comments:

I hear St. Paul is beautiful in the spring. GM Chuck Fletcher acquiring Martin Hanzal from the Arizona Coyotes could prove crucial if the Wild make a deep run in the playoffs. Minnesota's been one of the most consistent teams all season and is showing no signs of slowing down.

The biggest risers of the week are the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames, each jumping four spots. The biggest drop of the week belongs to the Nashville Predators, plunging six spots from #8 to #14.

The Wild host the St. Louis Blues tonight (3/7) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.  

Let's Go Wild!

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