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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Nov 25, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 25, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) looks on against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 6: Columbus Blue Jackets

Last Week: 8th

Record: 15-5-4 (34 points)

The surprise of the season has been the play of the Blue Jackets. Heading into the 2016-17 season, and especially after how the World Cup of Hockey ended for the John Tortorella-led Team USA squad, the Blue Jackets were not favored to be in a contending spot in the Eastern Conference. But Sergei Bobrovsky and the play of Zach Werenski have led Columbus to a top-three spot in the Metropolitan Division.

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