NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings, V.1

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Mar 3, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; New York Islanders goalie Michal Neuvirth (30) skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The first EOI NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings are out. Where are the Islanders in this mix and who do you think should’ve finished in the top spot?

For the rest of this NHL season and beyond here at Eyes on Isles, I will be providing you, the reader, with NHL Eastern Conference power rankings as well as a quick summary of what each team did in that particular week.

With the playoffs rapidly approaching as teams jockey for all the all important top seeds, the Islanders need to be well aware of their competition.

Now that the dust has settled on the NHL’s trade deadline and newly acquired players have begun to settle in with their new teams, we are now truly in the home stretch of the regular season. This year’s trade deadline didn’t see many blockbuster deals but rather many unsung, depth driven moves that could prove invaluable come playoff time.

Teams like Montreal and Detroit geared up for a deep playoff run whereas teams like Arizona and Buffalo “bolstered” their lineups in the race for Connor McDavid.

As for New York Islanders, they had an up and down week that saw them go 1-0-2. This was neither a good nor bad week for New York, but when you consider that they got four out of a possible six points away from home I would say that there was more good than bad.

On Tuesday, they took a tough loss in overtime at the hands of the Stars after Anders Lee tied the game up with just one second to go. On Thursday, they defeated the Nashville Predators 4-3 in a back and forth affair and on Saturday they lost 4-3 in a shootout against the Panthers.

Now let’s unveil this week’s rankings!

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