NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings, V.2

By Kenny Conrade
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Mar 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Cam Talbot (33) makes a save against Florida Panthers defenseman Willie Mitchell (33) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

92. . (39-20-10). Previous: 3rd. Pittsburgh Penguins. 4

The Penguins had a bit of a disappointing week both on and off of the ice following a very good week prior. The Pens lost Sidney Crosby for a game although he has returned and they also have lost Evgeni Malkin for one to two weeks due to injury. The team will look to have a bounce back week against the Devils, Stars and Coyotes.

23. . (42-21-7). Previous: 2nd. Tampa Bay Lightning. 3

The Tampa Bay Lightning kicked their week off with a dramatic win in overtime against the Montreal Canadiens via Tyler Johnson’s game winner but followed that up by grabbing just one of their next four points. The Lightning will look for another big win tonight against the Canadiens, who they are battling with for first place in the Atlantic Division.

152. . (43-19-7). Previous: 4th. Montreal Canadiens. 2

As it was for the Lightning, it was a mediocre week for their division rival, the Montreal Canadiens. Following that deflating overtime loss to the Bolts, the team surrendered five unasnwered in a loss to the Sens but beat the Islanders 3-1. The Habs will look to stay atop the Atlantic Division this week when they take on the Bolts, Panthers, Hurricanes and Sharks.

. (44-17-7). Previous: 1st. New York Rangers. 1. 95

The New York Rangers had an absolutely perfect week, winning all four of their games, and that is why they remain atop our power rankings. The team is hands down the best in the league as all four lines, the defensive pairings and the (backup) goaltending is rolling. The team looks to ride this hot streak into matchups with the Blackhawks, Hurricanes and Ducks this week.

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