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 17, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) makes a save against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blues won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 17, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones (31) makes a save against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blues won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 13: San Jose Sharks

Previous: 10th

Season record: 10-8-1

The Sharks have played quite a bit on the road so far, posting a 5-6-1 record. We should expect some sort of bounceback as they got more time in the Shark Tank (though hopefully not Wednesday against the Blackhawks).

Joe Pavelski continues to roll along for San Jose with a team-best 17 points. Brent Burns (16), Joe Thornton (13) and Logan Couture (10) are also in double digits. The supporting cast just hasn’t done a whole lot yet in the offensive end, and Patrick Marleau has also struggled to just six points.

Martin Jones has been solid as well, proving last season was no fluke. His .915/2.17 slashline should be good enough on many nights. The Sharks just need more push from more guys.

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