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 19, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) shoots on Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo (1) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 14: Ottawa Senators

Previous: 9th

Season record: 10-7-1

Last season, Ottawa kind of sat around the playoff picture all year despite being an awful defensive team. This might not necessarily be going the same way, but a negative goal differential isn’t going to help business.

Two issues right now are a lack of scoring and some issues in net. Only three Senators have hit double digits in points so far, with Erik Karlsson’s points not surprisingly leading the way. I don’t know who Ryan Dzingel is, but I’m guessing he shouldn’t be third on the team in points and second in goals.

Craig Anderson is dealing with his wife’s cancer diagnosis, so the fact he’s posted a .928/2.26 slashline is pretty incredible. It’s just not certain that he’ll constantly be around this season. So Mike Condon (.939/1.95 in three games) is going to have to step up, likely.

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