Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Eastern Conference Continues Dominance

By Mario Tirabassi
Dec 4, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry (26), right wing Alexander Radulov (47), left wing Max Pacioretty (67) and center Alex Galchenyuk (27) celebrate a goal in the first period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry (26), right wing Alexander Radulov (47), left wing Max Pacioretty (67) and center Alex Galchenyuk (27) celebrate a goal in the first period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 4, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) reacts after scoring the tying goal in the shootout during the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Canadians won in a shootout 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty (67) reacts after scoring the tying goal in the shootout during the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Canadians won in a shootout 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

In this week’s edition of the NHL power rankings, the top 10 is once again dominated by the Eastern Conference

The power shift in the NHL from the Western Conference to the Eastern Conference continues to roll on as the season moves into the month of December. While the West continues to sort out the bottom half of the league, the top 10 continues to be dominated by the East.

In this week’s Blackhawk Up NHL power rankings, how will losing both Jonathan Toews and Corey Crawford affect Chicago’s ranking and when, if at all, will they be able to reclaim the top spot in the NHL?

With that, let’s get into this week’s rankings.

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