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; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) celebrates his third period goal with center Frans Nielsen (51) against the Montreal Canadiens at Joe Louis Arena. The Canadiens beat the Red Wings 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) celebrates his third period goal with center Frans Nielsen (51) against the Montreal Canadiens at Joe Louis Arena. The Canadiens beat the Red Wings 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 24: Detroit Red Wings

Previous: 27th

Season record: 11-10-2 (24 points)

The Detroit Red Wings have been hit hard by injuries this season with defenseman Brendan Smith and forward Tyler Bertuzzi the latest casualties in Saturday’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Canadiens. They join goalie Jimmy Howard and four other Red Wings on the walking wounded list.  Howard and Petr Mrazek have been spectacular splitting duty between the pipes.

After juggling the lineup throughout a horrendous 2-8-1 slump, the Red Wings seem to have found some productive line combinations during their current four-game point streak.

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