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; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer (31) makes a save against Buffalo Sabres right wing Kyle Okposo (21) in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer (31) makes a save against Buffalo Sabres right wing Kyle Okposo (21) in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 29: Buffalo Sabres

Previous: 25th

Season record: 8-9-5 (21 points)

Last in the Atlantic Division with 21 points, the Buffalo Sabres finally got some good news this week with the season debut of centerman Jack Eichel on Tuesday. He had been out 21 games with a severe ankle sprain.

Scoring a league-low 39 goals this season, the Sabres desperately miss the scoring punch of Eichel, whose 24 goals as a rookie led the team last year. Kyle Okposo and Sam Reinhart currently lead the team with a combined 12 goals and 27 points.

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