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; Buffalo Sabres right wing Kyle Okposo (21) during the second period against the Calgary Flames at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Kyle Okposo (21) during the second period against the Calgary Flames at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 25: Buffalo Sabres

Previous: 26th

Season record: 7-8-4

They’ve won their last two games and are still 3-5-2 over their last 10 games, so the Sabres temporarily saved themselves from sinking closer to the basement.

It certainly didn’t have anything to do with their offense. Every other team in the league has scored more goals than the Sabres’ 37, and Buffalo is one of just two teams (Colorado, 39) to not hit 40 goals yet this season.

The aforementioned New York Islanders could certainly use the only guy who is scoring for Buffalo. Kyle Okposo has netted 12 points on the back of an even goals-assists split. No one else on the team has hit 10 points yet, with guys like Evander Kane (two points, minus-7 rating) and Tyler Ennis (two points, minus-6 rating) really struggling hard.

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