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; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) skates during warmup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2016; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid (97) skates during warmup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 13: Edmonton Oilers

Previous: 10th

Season record: 12-10-2 (26 points)

They just fell from the Pacific Division lead Tuesday night, as the Edmonton Oilers have lost eight of their last 10 games. Nonetheless, powered by Connor McDavid’s league-leading 31 points, the Oilers are generating much-improved possession numbers and a plus-7 goal differential.

The Oilers’ penalty killing unit leads the Western Conference, and goalie Cam Talbot’s 11 wins are among the league’s leaders. If McDavid stays healthy, the Oilers have a great shot at making the playoffs.

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