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NHL Power Rankings: New York Islanders Middle of the Pack

By Matt O'Leary
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: The New York Islanders celebrate their 6-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: The New York Islanders celebrate their 6-3 win against the Buffalo Sabres at Barclays Center on October 7, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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. pittsburgh penguins. 21. 92. .

The two-time defending champs are off to a slow start in 2017-2018. Sitting in seventh place in the Metro with just 41 points the Pens are in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2005-2006 when Sidney Crosby was just an 18-year old rookie.

. calgary flames. 20. 112. .

The Flames are currently 19-16-4 with holding down the fifth place spot in the Pacific. They are out of the playoffs by two points but are in the mix for that second wild card spot. Johnny Gaudreau is leading the Flames with 43 points.

. chicago blackhawks. 19. 94. .

The Blackhawks haven’t missed the playoffs since Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane were 19 years old. 10 years and three Stanley Cups later the Hawks are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs. Chicago sits two points out of a playoff spot.

. . . minnesota wild. 18. 98

With playoff appearances in the last five years, the Wild are certainly in the mix to make it an even six years in a row. They are one point out of a playoff position as the calendar flips to 2018. Veteran Eric Staal is leading the way with 33 points.

. . carolina hurricanes. 17. 109.

The Hurricanes are right on the Islanders tail for the final Wild Card spot in the East. With 43 points so far this is exactly where many expected the Canes to be, a fringe playoff team. Sebastian Aho is leading the way with 29 points for Carolina.

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