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 28, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan (23) celebrates his game tying goal against the New York Islanders with teammates during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 28, 2016; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Calgary Flames center Sean Monahan (23) celebrates his game tying goal against the New York Islanders with teammates during the third period at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 28: Calgary Flames

Previous: 26th

Season record: 10-13-2 (22 points)

What is wrong with the Calgary Flames’ Brian Elliott? The brilliant goaltender who led the St. Louis Blues to the 2016 Western Conference finals has a record this season of 3-9-1 and a substandard .885 save percentage. With his superlative 35-save effort in the Flames’ 2-1 Black Friday victory over the Boston Bruins, Chad Johnson may be locking down the starting goaltender position.

Currently sixth place in the underperforming Pacific Division, the Flames have a dismal 3-7-0 record at home in the ScotiaBank Saddledome.

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