NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings, V.4

By Kenny Conrade
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Mar 31, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid (54) congratulates goalie Tuukka Rask (40) after defeating the Florida Panthers 3-2 at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings. 8. 72. . (40-23-13). Previous: 8th

Mike Babcock’s Detroit Red Wings continue to limp towards the playoffs as this week they gained four of ten points and lost games at the hands of the Isles, Sharks and Coyotes. The Wings are looking to find a bit more defensive structure in their game as we head towards the playoffs.

(45-27-5). Previous: 4th. New York Islanders. 7. 106.

Just like Detroit, the Islanders are limping a bit towards the finish line in a season in which they have been so consistently good. The Islanders will look to take the momentum gained in their 5-4 win over Detroit on Sunday into games with the Blue Jackets and Sabres this week.

70. . (39-25-13). Previous: 10th. Boston Bruins. 6

It was a great week for the Boston Bruins, one which they absolutely needed to have. The team picked up seven of eight points in games against the Ducks, Hurricanes, Rangers and Panthers to give them a three point lead over Ottawa for the final playoff spot. The Bruins will look for more of the same this week against the Red Wings and Maple Leafs.

(42-25-10). Previous: 7th. Washington Capitals. 5. 19.

The Capitals continue to play well without getting caught up in much of the hoopla of this time of year. The Caps defeated the Devils, Rangers and Canes this week as Alexander Ovechkin tallied his 48th, 49th and 50th goals of the season in those wins. Ovechkin and the Caps will take on the Canadiens, Senators and Red Wings this week.

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