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 28, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) skates past Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) during the overtime period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Islanders left wing Jason Chimera (25) skates past Calgary Flames defenseman Dougie Hamilton (27) during the overtime period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 30: New York Islanders

Previous: 30th

Season record: 7-10-4 (18 points)

Lingering in the cellar of the Eastern Conference with a paltry 18 points, the New York Islanders seem to have lost their identity along with the change of home venue from Long Island to Brooklyn. Built on speed and skill, the team that used to score a boatload of goals has a minus-13 goal differential so far this season, and a road record of 1-6-1.

Head coach Jack Capuano’s dump-and-chase power system does not suit his team’s  peedy skill-game DNA. If things don’t turn around quickly in Brooklyn, Capuano may be gone before Christmas.

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