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; Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) and Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (18) follow the puck in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2016; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov (16) and Ottawa Senators left wing Ryan Dzingel (18) follow the puck in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 12: Florida Panthers

Previous: 21st

Season record: 10-8-1

This group most recently beat the Rangers, so that’s definitely worth something. But Jaromir Jagr has less than 10 points, so everything is obviously terrible in Sunrise.

All jokes aside, Florida is hanging low early in the season but can certainly be better. Youngster Jonathan Marchessult has gotten his first season with the Panthers off to a flying start, posting a team-best 15 points. Vincent Trocheck (13) and Aleksander Barkov (11) have also been good supporters.

Roberto Luongo is doing what he usually has since leaving Vancouver: succeed. He’s posting a .923/2.24 slashline in front of a defense that seems to be trying to find itself right now.

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