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 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Viktor Stalberg (25) celebrates his goal with left wing Joakim Nordstrom (42) against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Viktor Stalberg (25) celebrates his goal with left wing Joakim Nordstrom (42) against the New York Rangers during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 18: Carolina Hurricanes

Previous: 20th

Season record: 9-9-4 (22 points)

The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Florida Panthers 3-2 Sunday night, running their home win streak to five straight games. Of more interest to Blackhawks fans, former ‘Hawks backup goaltender Michael Leighton picked up the win (and an assist!) in his first NHL start since 2013 and first win since December 2010.

Loaded with former Blackhawks, including Teuvo Teravainen, Viktor Stalberg, Joakim Nordstrom, Klas Dahlbeck and Bryan Bickell, the ‘Canes are a dangerous, well-balanced team but still a longshot to make the playoffs.

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