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 25, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) in the third period of the game against New York Islanders at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the New York Islanders with a score of 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) in the third period of the game against New York Islanders at SAP Center at San Jose. The San Jose Sharks defeated the New York Islanders with a score of 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 12: San Jose Sharks

Previous: 13th

Season record: 13-9-1 (27 points)

The San Jose Sharks have won six of their last 10 games and jumped into the Pacific Division lead Tuesday. The week’s big news was points leader Brent Burns’ gigantic 8-year contract extension, but the Sharks have also recently lost four key players to injuries, including defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and forwards Tomas Hertl (IR), Melker Karlsson (IR) and Tommy Wingels.

Happily for the Sharks, veteran Logan Couture is finding the net with nine goals, and goalie Martin Jones is having another great year with 11 wins and a 2.09 goals-against average.

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