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Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 23-9-2
▲ 1
Chicago is 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. They’re the highest scoring team in Western Conference, and not one player on the active roster has a negative plus/minus rating.
2 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 22-8-5
▼ 1
The masters of situational hockey, the Ducks have a record of 16-0-5 in games decided by one goal.
3 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 22-6-4
▲ 4
Pittsburgh did not skip a beat when Sidney Crosby was out with the mumps. It must be assumed they will be okay as Olli Maatta now battles the virus.
4 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 21-8-2
▼ 1
Forward James Neal is a very good hockey player. Were he to eliminate the unnecessary antics from his game, he would be even better.
5 New York Islanders New York Islanders 23-10
▲ 7
Johnny Boychuk is finally back in the lineup, and the Islanders have won four straight. The Island is not sinking.
6 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 17-11-6
▲ 2
Kings have put together a superstar line made up of Anze Kopitar, Jeff Carter, and Marian Gaborik. The results have been very positive.
7 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 21-9-3
▼ 3
The Blues blew a three-goal lead in heartbreak loss to Kings. Everyone loves Martin Brodeur, but goalie Brian Elliot is the real the key to success.
8 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 20-11-4
▼ 2
Their leapfrogging battle with Montreal, for the Atlantic division lead, is most entertaining. Tampa Bay continues to prove last season was no fluke.
9 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 17-8-9
▼ 4
Six straight losses. Is there trouble in Hockeytown? Pavel Datsyuk only has one goal and one assist in his last five games.
10 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 21-11-1
▼ 1
Forward Max Pacioretty not only leads the team in goal scoring, but is also the only player on the team with a positive double-digit plus/minus rating.
11 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 19-11-4
▲ 5
It was looking bad, but now, the Sharks have won five straight and gone 9-1-0 in the last 10 games.
12 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 14-9-8
▲ 2
Ripping an opponent's helmet off his head and hitting him with it is never really okay. That said, one still has to love the intensity of 37-year-old team captain Willie Mitchell.
13 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 17-14-3
▲ 2
These are most certainly not the 2011 Bruins; nor are they even the Bruins of last season. What they really are is still being determined on a nightly basis.
14 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 16-12-3
▼ 4
Thomas Vanek only has five goals this season, but three have come in the last six games. This would be an ideal time for him to regain form.
15 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 19-12-3
▼ 2
Toronto Maple Leafs (19-12-3): Still in playoff contention, and still the most erratic team in the NHL.
16 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 19-11-2
▼ 5
The Canucks lost five straight and broke the streak by beating Calgary, a team which has now lost eight straight. For now, cautious optimism is the best option.
17 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 14-15-3
▲ 11
This recent surge has been quite impressive, but they still may not be able to get out of the hole they dug.
18 New York Rangers New York Rangers 17-10-4
▲ 2
Six straight wins. Defensively, they have only allowed five goals in last five games. Definitely trending upward.
19 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 16-10-6
▼ 2
Last season, Alex Ovechkin scored 51 goals, but had a plus/minus rating of -35. So far this season, 15 goals and a plus/minus rating of +7. Head Coach Barry Trotz is a mastermind.
20 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 17-10-7
▼ 2
It is not easy, but Jets are managing to hold off the Minnesota Wild in the Central division. That could change anytime.
21 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 13-14-6
▲ 4
Jakub Voracek now leads the NHL in scoring. 33-year-old rookie goalie Rob Zepp recently started (and won) his first NHL game. Other than that, it's the same old story.
22 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 14-13-6
▼ 1
They have a new coach, but look like the same old team.
23 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 17-15-3
▼ 4
Eight straight losses, but two of their next four games are against Edmonton. That should stop the losing streak from reaching double-digits.
24 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 12-17-6
▼ 2
Scott Gomez played his first game with the team on Dec. 2. The Devils have only won three of the 11 games in which he has played. We shall see what's next.
25 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 14-13-5
▼ 2
Considering what they did last season and the players acquired in the offseason, this season has been absolutely heartbreaking.
26 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 13-18-3
▼ 2
Just five games below .500, perhaps Head Coach Ted Nolan should have the team read "The little engine that could.”
27 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 12-13-8
▼ 1
Last season, the team had a "meteoric rise;" interestingly enough, meteors do not rise, they fall.
28 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 9-20-4
▲ 1
Not one player who has played more than 20 games has a positive plus/minus rating.
29 Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix Coyotes 11-17-4
▲ 1
A franchise in a slow, deliberate decline with no end in sight. It's too bad Shane Doan has to go out like this.
30 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 7-20-7
▼ 3
Losers of six straight. Now that it has been determined that former Head Coach Dallas Eakins was not the problem, who gets fired next?
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