NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings, V.3

By Kenny Conrade
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Mar 22, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg (72) makes a save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

(31-30-11). Previous: 13th. New Jersey Devils. 12. 85.

The Devils had a decent week, defeating the Penguins and Sabres before losing to the Isles on Saturday night. The real story here however is Cory Schneider, who seems to have excelled this season with the heavy workload that has been placed upon his shoulders. Up this week for Schneider’s Devs are the Kings, Caps, Hurricanes and Ducks.

113. . (33-35-4). Previous: 12th. Columbus Blue Jackets. 11

It was another impressive week for the Blue Jackets who have been playing some better hockey of late. They marched through western Canada with wins over the Flames, Canucks and Oilers. We will see how they fare this week against three of the beasts from the west: the Ducks, Blackhawks and Blues.

Previous: 7th. Boston Bruins. 10. 70. . (36-25-12)

After a week from the Bruins that turned a lot of heads, they followed it up with a clunker, grabbing just two of eight points. This week could’ve hurt the Bruins playoff chances quite a bit as they hold just a two point lead in the eight spot over the red hot Ottawa Senators, who have two games in hand. The B’s will need to right the ship this week against the Ducks, Rangers and Hurricanes.

. (33-25-14). Previous: 10th. Florida Panthers. 9. 97

While everyone can’t stop talking about Andrew Hammond, the Ottawa Senators and the Boston Bruins, they seem to be forgetting about the Florida Panthers, who are hanging around. They had another nice week, defeating the Bruins and Red Wings as they currently sit four points out of eighth with a game in hand over Boston. The Panthers will need to stay hot this week against the Leafs and Canadiens before a huge matchup with the Sens on Sunday.

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