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; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators players celebrate after a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 21, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators players celebrate after a win against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 24: Nashville Predators

Previous: 22nd

Season record: 8-7-3

Spending more time at Bridgestone Arena would do wonders for the Predators, apparently. They’ve posted a solid 6-1-1 record in Smashville. You’ll notice the Preds are still right around .500.

The Preds do have five guys with 11 or more points, led by newcomer P.K. Subban and Filip Forsberg, both at 13. Five of Nashville’s top six point producers also have double-digit shooting percentages, but I’m sure the Preds would like Forsberg’s motley 2.6 mark to rise.

Pekka Rinne is also rounding into form after a sluggish start, though his 7-5-3 record doesn’t quite match his .933/2.04 slashline. The team just seems really out of sorts … maybe the loss of Shea Weber was more important than we thought.

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