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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November 19, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli (73) moves in for a shot on goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) during the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
November 19, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli (73) moves in for a shot on goal against New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider (35) during the second period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 17: New Jersey Devils

Previous: 6th

Season record: 9-6-3

Taylor Hall being injured is a serious issue for the Devils. The guy still leads the team in points, and he’s missed four games of the season. Not surprising, New Jersey is also the owner of a three-game losing streak.

The Devils, as usual, are being carried by the goaltending of Cory Schneider. But Keith Kinkaid, the backup, has actually been really good as well. Schneider is holding a .923/2.27 slashline, while Kinkaid is at .931/2.24 in limited action.

At the end of the day, this offseason runs through Hall. And while defense and goaltending wins championships, not scoring can be a pretty noticeable problem, as the Devils are finding out.

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