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 26, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) chases down Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) in the second period of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (15) chases down Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) in the second period of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 10: Los Angeles Kings

Previous: 11th

Season record: 12-9-1 (25 points)

After another slow start, the Los Angeles Kings are even hotter than the Senators, winning five straight games to get within two points of the division-leading Sharks. Jeff Carter has caught fire with five goals in five games, including his NHL-leading sixth game-winning goal against the Blackhawks in overtime Saturday night.

Goalie Peter Budaj is having a breakout year and leads the Western Conference with 12 wins. The Kings host the Sharks Wednesday night in a Pacific Division heavyweight showdown.

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