The Minnesota Wild are tied with Blackhawks on top of the Central Division and Western Conference with 65 points -- 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 January 23rd

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

ESPN comments:

The Wild are 17-3-1 in their past 21 games, have the best goals-against average in the Western Conference and lead the conference in goals scored per game. Seems like they've covered the two most important parts of the game.

The biggest risers of the week are the Ottawa Senators, jumping seven spots from #19 to #12. The biggest drop of the week belongs to the Carolina Hurricanes, plunging eight spots from #14 to #22..

The Wild face the Stars tomorrow (Tuesday) night in Dallas.  

Let's Go Wild!

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