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 15, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks left wing Joseph Cramarossa (74) celebrates after a Ducks goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period period at Honda Center. The Ducks beat the Oilers 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 15, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks left wing Joseph Cramarossa (74) celebrates after a Ducks goal against the Edmonton Oilers during the third period period at Honda Center. The Ducks beat the Oilers 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 15: Anaheim Ducks

Previous: 15th

Season record: 9-7-3

The Ducks are on somewhat of a rise despite some pretty “meh” offense so far. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf have shooting percentages of less than 7 (Getzlaf’s is 2.9), and Ryan Kesler is the leading goal scorer with eight.

Jonathan Bernier has probably been better than expected in net, carrying a .933/2.06 slashline. But he’s not the starter, as John Gibson has drawn 14 of 19 starts. His .908/2.59 slashline is good but not great.

Anaheim’s idea of attack is still a physical assault on opposing teams, and it’s led to them producing about as many goals as they’ve given up. That’ll probably wind up being OK in what’s shaping up to be a weak Pacific Division.

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