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; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot by Carolina Hurricanes center Derek Ryan (33) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save on a shot by Carolina Hurricanes center Derek Ryan (33) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 3: New York Rangers

Previous: 2nd

Season record: 16-7-1 (33 points)

Proving that sometimes the best defense is a great offense, the New York Rangers have scored a staggering 88 goals and generated a whopping plus-29 goal differential. The Rangers have ridden their one-dimensional speed game to the top of the Metropolitan Conference despite only average goaltending this year from Henrik Lundqvist.

Losing two of their last three games before eking out a win against Carolina on Tuesday, the Blueshirts would do well to broaden the scope of their team offense. Still, you have to catch them to stop them, and the Rangers are masters at creating and finishing odd-man rushes to the net.

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