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NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings, V.1

By Kenny Conrade
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Mar 2, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Keith Yandle (93) against the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

. (42-18-6). . Montreal Canadiens. 4. 152

Following an active trade deadline, California wasn’t kind to Montreal. The Canadiens picked up just one point in three games in Cali and were able to salvage the week with a win over the depleted Coyotes. The schedule doesn’t get much easier for Montreal as this week they take on the Lightning, Islanders and Senators.

. Pittsburgh Penguins. 3. 92. . (38-18-9)

Unlike Montreal, California has been very kind to the Pens thus far. Following a disappointing loss in Colorado, the Pens defeated the Kings and Ducks. They wrap up that road trip tonight in San Jose. The Penguins have now won seven of their last ten and seem to be heating up at just the right time.

23. . (41-20-6). . Tampa Bay Lightning. 2

The Lightning had a perfect week, grabbing six of six points with wins over the Sabres, Leafs and Stars. Tampa is now beginning to close in on Montreal for the top spot in the Eastern Conference and can continue to make a push for that spot with a win tomorrow night over those very same Canadiens.

1. 95. . (40-17-7). . New York Rangers

There’s no doubt in my mind that the New York Rangers are the most complete team in the Eastern Conference right now. The addition of Keith Yandle only makes the club better and they showed that they can win any way they want this week in putting up four goals on the Preds and shutting out the Blackhawks. Oh, and mind you this is all with their “backup” goalie in net. The Rangers have two big divisional matchups with the Isles and Caps ahead this week.

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