NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings, V.4

By Kenny Conrade
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Mar 21, 2015; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on a breakaway shot by Buffalo Sabres left winger Tyler Ennis (63) during the third period at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

12. . (21-47-8). Previous: 15th. Buffalo Sabres. 16

The Buffalo Sabres had one of their most crucial weeks of the season this past week and things did not go as planned. They ended up taking three of four points from their tanking counterparts in the Arizona Coyotes. However, the Sabres have a game in hand and a four point stronghold on 30th in the league, so not all was lost.

. (29-42-6). Previous: 16th. Toronto Maple Leafs. 15. 116

It was another eventful week in Toronto, but the only difference was this time the drama included a couple of wins. This aforementioned drama occurred when embattled forward Phil Kessel and David Booth got into a bit of a scuffle during practice. The Leafs played a bit of a spoiler role this week as they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators.

. (31-33-13). Previous: 12th. New Jersey Devils. 14. 85

Things have really begun to crumble in New Jersey as the team has now dropped six straight games and simply cannot find a way to score, as they have tallied just seven goals in those games. Expect big changes in Jersey next season as the team will be missing the dance for their third straight season.

Previous: 14th. Carolina Hurricanes. 13. 109. . (28-37-11)

The Hurricanes moved up a spot in this weeks rankings due to the Devils futility as well as a few wins of their own, including an impressive 5-2 showing in Pittsburgh. This week the Canes will take on the Panthers and Flyers.

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