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NHL Power Rankings: Eastern Conference Still Crowds Top 10

By George Clifford
Nov 26, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal to tie the game against the New Jersey Devils with fourteen seconds remaining in the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Pens won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates with teammates on the bench after scoring a goal to tie the game against the New Jersey Devils with fourteen seconds remaining in the third period at the PPG PAINTS Arena. The Pens won 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 26, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber (6) celebrates an overtime goal scored by Alex Galchenyuk (not pictured) against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The Canadiens beat the Red Wings 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber (6) celebrates an overtime goal scored by Alex Galchenyuk (not pictured) against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena. The Canadiens beat the Red Wings 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports /

In this week’s edition of the NHL power rankings, the Eastern Conference continues to roll with the season past its one-quarter point

At this point in the 2016-17 NHL season, did you think the Eastern Conference would be so totally in control of things? After many recent years of Western Conference success, the East teams must have decided they were fed up.

In this week’s Blackhawk Up NHL power rankings, that’s certainly reflected. In this week’s top nine, there are two Western Conference teams (both should be familiar to Chicago Blackhawks fans).

With that little bit of a hint, let’s get to this week’s NHL power rankings.

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