NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings, V.2

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Jan 6, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop (30) reacts as Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) celebrates his goal with teammate right wing Brendan Gallagher (11) during the third period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The second NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings are up. The Bruins are on the rise and some other top teams are falling a bit. Where does your team rank?

The Eyes on Isles NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings for the week of March 9th are in. It was a very interesting and exciting week around the NHL that featured some big-time matchups and big news regarding some injuries.

The playoffs were exactly one month away from yesterday, March 15th, and a few months ago at the All Star Break it seemed as if the eight teams that were going to make the playoffs were already in, it was just a matter of seeding.

All of the same teams are still in but there is one team, the Ottawa Senators, led by rookie goalie Andrew Hammond, who are making a bit of run. The jockeying between teams for home ice has also been quite entertaining as the Boston Bruins are making a push up the standings and teams like the Islanders are sliding downward a bit.

While on the topic, it was a very disappointing week for your New York Islanders. The team went 1-3-0 with their only win coming on Monday in Toronto against the lowly Leafs, a game that quite frankly they shouldn’t have won. The team followed that up with three disappointing losses to the Rangers, Senators and Canadiens in which the team mustered just three goals.

It’s no coincidence that in those three losses, the Isles were missing, in my opinion, their best defenseman in Nick Leddy. Leddy will travel with the team to Chicago tomorrow but is not expected to play.

Now whether these three losses were a function of the team running into hot goaltenders in Hammond, Carey Price and Cam Talbot or not, the offense has to be better. However, the defense was pretty good in these three games as the team only surrendered seven goals. Although it is fair to question what’s going on with the team’s offense, no Islander fan should press the panic button quite yet.

And now for the rankings! 

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