Analysis

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 20, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Brett Pesce (22) takes a second period shot against the Winnipeg Jets at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 20, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Brett Pesce (22) takes a second period shot against the Winnipeg Jets at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 20: Carolina Hurricanes

Previous: 27th

Season record: 7-6-4

This is what the Hurricanes do, isn’t it? They go on streaks to make it seem like they’re getting back into the postseason chase, and then they ultimately fall back. This time is currently the former for Carolina.

The team has won its last four games. Victor Rask and Jeff Skinner are doing plenty to help with 15 points apiece, while Cam Ward is trying to find some past spark (.916/2.36). Oh, and former Blackhawk Teuvo Teravainen has 10 points.

Carolina is still in the lower portion of the Eastern Conference standings, but maybe they can actually sustain this current run. Probably not.

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