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Where Do the Canes Land in the Power Rankings on Thanksgiving?

Canes have won six of their last eight games

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Thanksgiving provides an important mile-marker in the National Hockey League's regular season.

Why?

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, since the 2005-06 season, over three-quarters of teams in a playoff position on Thanksgiving have ultimately qualified for the postseason.

The Hurricanes slot in at the Eastern Conference's top wild card position this Thanksgiving. And, while we're on the topic of standings, let's take a peek at the latest collection of power rankings.

NHL.com
Hurricanes rank: 7
Previous rank: 8

"Andrei Svechnikov has an eight-game point streak (five goals, seven assists) and leads the Hurricanes with 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) despite being ninth on Carolina in average ice time per game (16:34)."

NHL.com's power ranking system compiles top-16 lists from 13 staff writers in order to amalgamate a ranking consensus. Among these lists, the Hurricanes ranked as high as 5 (Mike G. Morreale), as low as 12 (Mike Zeisberger) and everywhere right around their 7th ranking (6, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9).

NBC Sports
Hurricanes rank: 5
Previous rank: 20

"That four-game losing streak at the start of November is looking like a distant memory. They have won six out of seven and seem to be back on track."

ESPN.com
Hurricanes rank: 6
Previous rank: 9

"Coach Rod Brind'Amour's main goal was to build off of last season's run. He's not totally satisfied with where his team is, but that's to be expected with so many new faces in the lineup."

CBS Sports
Hurricanes rank: 6
Previous rank: 6

"Thankful for Dougie Hamilton's beautiful ginger soul and his 10 goals before Thanksgiving."

Yahoo! Sports
Hurricanes rank: 5
Previous rank: 5

"This is just a good team that's on the right track again. But this is a lot like a mirror image of Chicago last year: Winning streaks follow losing streaks follow winning streaks. This year they've won five straight, lost one, won one, lost three straight, won three straight, lost four straight, now this. Pick a lane, fellas!"

Sports Illustrated
Hurricanes rank: 5
Previous rank: 7

"Thankful for Andrei Svechnikov and Dougie Hamilton's friendship off the ice and their contributions on the ice. Svechnikov and Hamilton rank first and third on the Hurricanes with 27 and 25 points."

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