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NHL Power Rankings: Eastern Conference Taking Control

By Colin Likas
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate an empty net goal by center Derek Stepan (middle) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG Paints Arena. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate an empty net goal by center Derek Stepan (middle) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG Paints Arena. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate an empty net goal by center Derek Stepan (middle) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG Paints Arena. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate an empty net goal by center Derek Stepan (middle) against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the third period at the PPG Paints Arena. The Rangers won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

This week’s edition of the NHL power rankings has a very Eastern Conference feel to the top of the list

We’ve had another seven days’ worth of action in the books between Blackhawk Up’s previous NHL power rankings and today’s version. And while the teams haven’t done a ton of shuffling, one thing has become abundantly clear.

The Eastern Conference, not so long ago clearly behind the Western Conference as far as team talent, is now ruling the league’s roost. Five of the East’s teams have 23 or more points. Just one in the West, the Chicago Blackhawks, can say as much.

And it doesn’t stop there. But we can find out more by looking at the latest NHL power rankings, which see the same team on top and a new team at the bottom.

Editor’s note: All statistics are as of Tuesday morning and do not include tonight’s ongoing action.

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