Analysis

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 27, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) celebrates his teams win with Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) against the Nashville Predators after the third period at MTS Centre. Winnipeg Jets win 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 27, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Winnipeg Jets forward Mark Scheifele (55) celebrates his teams win with Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) against the Nashville Predators after the third period at MTS Centre. Winnipeg Jets win 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports /

No 19: Winnipeg Jets

Previous: 21st

Season record: 11-12-2 (24 points)

Finally signed to contract after sitting out the Jets’ first 15 games, defenseman Jacob Trouba notched his first two points on Sunday night as the Jets snapped a five-game losing streak with a hard-hitting 3-0 win over Nashville. Tied with rookie sensation Patrik Laine at 13 goals each, Mark Scheifele also leads the team with 26 points.

Earning his second shutout of the season with 42 saves against the Predators, second-year goalie Connor Hellebuyck is rounding into form with nine wins and just might backstop the Jets into the playoffs this year. They currently sit just one point out of a wild-card slot in the Western Conference.

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