NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings, V.3

By Kenny Conrade
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Mar 21, 2015; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) celebrates with defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) after his empty net goal late in the third period at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Senators defeated the Maple Leafs 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

(39-21-11). Previous: 5th. Detroit Red Wings. 8. 72.

The Wings had another tough week this week, dropping the first two games before defeating the Blues in overtime on Sunday. In three games this week the Wings mustered up just four goals and their offensive struggles are something everyone should be on the lookout for as we come down the home stretch.

The Capitals won a couple of close contests this week against the Wild and Sabres before being shutout by the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. The Caps continue to consistently win as we head toward the playoffs, but they may need to turn up their game a notch if they expect to have a shot at a team like the Rangers come mid April.

Ottawa Senators. 6. 91. . (36-24-11). Previous: 8th

Is it possible to talk about the Ottawa Senators these days without mentioning Andrew Hammond? The Hamburglar posted three more wins this week and is 13-0-1 in his NHL career. I’ve certainly bought into this kid and I think he will have his team in the playoffs this season.

92. . (40-22-10). Previous: 4th. Pittsburgh Penguins. 5

The past two weeks were not very kind to the Penguins, as they had lost four in a row before finally beating the lowly Coyotes on Saturday and have been playing without Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist. The good news for the Pens is that despite their offense slipping a bit, Sidney Crosby is red hot. Crosby has posted 12 points in his last ten games and sits atop the NHL’s scoring list.

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