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 21, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Calgary Flames goalie Brian Elliott (1) makes a save on Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons (28) during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Calgary Flames goalie Brian Elliott (1) makes a save on Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons (28) during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 26: Calgary Flames

Previous: 30th

Season record: 8-12-1

Didn’t the Flames go out and get Brian Elliott to improve their goaltending? Yeah, that hasn’t worked so far.

Calgary carries the most goals allowed in the league at 69, and Elliott’s work has certainly contributed to that. The former St. Louis Blue is 3-9-0 with a .882/3.43 slashline. That’s absolutely hideous.

The team is surviving on the back of backup Chad Johnson, who has actually been pretty stellar for a second-tier guy (5-3-1, .911, 2.31). Having Johnny Gaudreau out for several weeks is going to keep the Flames on their backsides, too, regardless of whether Elliott turns around his act.

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