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; Columbus, OH, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 6: Tampa Bay Lightning

Previous: 4th

Season record: 13-10-1 (27 points)

The Tampa Bay Lightning are cruising along in third place in the Atlantic Division with a plus-6 goal differential. With sniper Steven Stamkos out for 4 months, Nikita Kucherov leads the team with 26 points and is one of five NHL players with double figures in both goals and assists.

Nominal starting goalie Ben Bishop has faltered a badly in November, but Andrei Vasilevsky has picked up the slack with a record of 6-2-1, including two shutouts, and a .940 save percentage.

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