NHL Eastern Conference Power Rankings, V.4

By Kenny Conrade
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Mar 29, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) and right wing Patric Hornqvist (72) celebrate after defeating the San Jose Sharks at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Penguins won 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

92. . (42-23-11). Previous: 5th. Pittsburgh Penguins. 4

The Penguins had a nice bounce back week for themselves as they picked up five of eight points. They added Patric Hornqvist and Evgeni Malkin back into their lineup but they lost Kris Letang due to a concussion. The Pens are currently locked in a battle with the Isles over who will get home ice in their potential first round matchup as they play the Flyers twice as well as the Jackets this week.

152. . (47-22-8). Previous: 3rd. Montreal Canadiens. 3

The top three in this weeks rankings were almost impossible to pick as all three teams slid a bit but the Canadiens come in third due to their loss to Tampa Bay on Monday night. The Lightning have the Habs number and this is something that they have to figure out come April because the team has yet to win a game against the Bolts in five tries this season.

2. 23. . (47-24-7). Previous: 1st. Tampa Bay Lightning

Despite having a very disappointing week, the Bolts salvaged the week for themelves with their aforementioned win over the Habs. The Lightning currently sit one point out of the Atlantic Division lead and just two points out of the Eastern Conference lead and they will look to make a push this week as they take on the hungry Senators and Panthers.

(48-21-7). Previous: 2nd. New York Rangers. 1. 95.

The New York Rangers are back in first place in this weeks power rankings following a one week hiatus due to the return of “the king,” Henrik Lundqvist. Lundqvist returns just in time for the playoffs as the blueshirts will look to hold onto their one point first place lead in the Eastern Conference down the stretch. The Rangers will look to get back to their winning ways this week against the Wild and Devils.

Next: Will the Isles Recover In Time For the Playoffs?

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