With the Olympic break well underway we here at aerochug.com feel it’s that perfect time for another NHL power ranking segment. Below you will find a breakdown of the Eastern Conference; the Western Conference’s rankings can be found by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.
It’s tough to argue against the majority of the selections below, especially the surging Ottawa Senators jumping up to fourth. Washington looks poised to lock up the east this year, but you can’t count out the defending Stanley Cup champions in Pittsburgh.
New Jersey’s acquisition of Ilya Kovalchuk gives it the proven sniper it needs to go along with the strong play of perennial all-star goaltender Martin Brodeur. If Kovalchuk can continue his brilliance with the Devils they will have a shot at representing the east in the finals once again.
After reading, let us know if you like what you see, or if you feel there we’ve made some mistakes by commenting below and on the Western Conference’s rankings too!
Nobody in the East is catching them anytime soon.
The defending Stanley Cup Champs. They know how to win in the playoffs.
New Jersey Devils
The big move to grab Kovalchuk has turned the best defensive team in the East into one of the most dangerous offensive threats in the league.
After an unbelievable winning streak, they’ve become one of the best teams in the East.
Youth and toughness are the keys to their success.
Ryan Miller has been unstoppable this year and if he stays hot they could continue the climb up the standings.
Injury to Zdeno Chara was big part of the reason for their temporary slide down the standings.
New York Rangers
With huge wins over New Jersey, Pittsburgh, and Tampa Bay heading into the break, the Rangers sit only one point out of a playoff spot.
The goaltending controversy between Halak and Price is a major distraction.
Tampa Bay Lightning
If Tampa played as well on the road as they do at home, they’d already be sitting comfortably in a playoff spot.
With Ward back and Staal playing up to his full potential, the Canes will continue to recover from their pitiful start.
The Thrashers still have a shot at the playoffs, but it’ll be tough without Ilya Kovalchuk.
They’ve already signalled they will be selling leading up to the trade deadline, so expect them to go south in the standings
New York Islanders
Early in the year, rookie John Tavares looked like a lock to win the Calder Trophy. Now, he might not even be a candidate.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Too bad they traded their first pick away to Boston in the Kessel deal… Almost guaranteed a Top 3 choice.
Thanks to Maple Leafs Examiner Andrew Kavanagh and Penguins Examiner Michael Dunlap for their contributions to the team-by-team commentary.
Be sure to check out NHL Examiner Chris Morgan’s page for Western Conference rankings.