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1 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 13-5-2
▲ 2
The Preds don't get much press. In fact, the only time most NHL fans hear about them is after their favorite team has been beaten by the Music City squad.
2 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 13-4-5
▲ 3
Both Corey Perry and Francois Beauchemin are back in the lineup. Expect the acquisition of forward Rene Bourque to have a positive effect on the intensity of the Ducks forwards.
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 14-6-1
▲ 1
Between the acquisition of Paul Stastny and the organization finally showing confidence in goalie Brian Elliott, this could be the best season of the Ken Hitchcock era.
4 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 13-4-2
▼ 3
It may take a bit of time for the Pens to refocus after the news of Pascal Dupuis' health problem, which will sideline him for the season.
5 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 14-6-2
▼ 3
From goalie Ben Bishop to the strong defense corps to the ultra-talented forwards, this is as solid a roster as there is in the Eastern Conference.
6 New York Islanders New York Islanders 14-6
▲ 1
The Islanders swept a home and home series against Pittsburgh. Yes, they are for real. Three straight wins and challenging for the Metropolitan division lead.
7 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 16-6-1
▼ 1
Montreal recently got skunked 5-0 by the Rangers. There are other indicators the Habs may not be as good as their record, but their overall record is undeniable.
8 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 11-6-4
▲ 2
The recent salary cap relief granted by the NHL should curb any distractions the team may have had. Expect play to continue to improve.
9 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 14-6-1
▼ 1
Rookie Head Coach Willie Desjardins is further proof that more NHL teams should take a chance on AHL coaches, instead of constantly hiring mediocre NHL coaching retreads.
10 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 12-8-1
▲ 1
They’re not in the same class with division rivals St. Louis and Nashville, but the Blackhawks will soon be feeling heat from division rivals Winnipeg and Minnesota.
11 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 13-9
▲ 3
They went 7-3 in last 10 games, despite the absence of Zdeno Chara. The only problem is just how bad the team looks in some of the losses.
12 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 10-9-4
▼ 3
Losers of three straight games. There is a certain uneasiness about this team. It feels like this season is going to begin going south at any moment.
13 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 13-7-2
▲ 7
A true team effort. No player has reached double-digits in goals, but four players have reached double-digits in assists. Jiri Hudler is showing great leadership qualities.
14 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 10-9-3
▲ 3
Head Coach Paul Maurice will probably wind up as one of the finalists for Coach of the Year.
15 New York Rangers New York Rangers 9-7-4
▲ 3
Given the personnel issues this team has had, it is amazing that goalie Henrik Lundqvist has four shootouts in 16 starts.
16 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 10-5-5
▼ 1
Pavel Datsyuk has missed half the team's games so far this season. Enjoy watching him when he is in the lineup, as this is probably his NHL swan song.
17 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 9-6-4
▼ 5
Goalie Craig Anderson has a .935 save percentage. Goalie Robin Lehner has a .916 save percentage. As long as they both remain strong, Ottawa stays in the hunt.
18 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 8-9-2
▼ 5
There is only so much regular season consistency which can be expected from the Flyers, but if they peak at the right time, they could be dangerous.
19 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 11-8-2
▼ 3
What exactly is the team to do when the expectations of the team exceed the capabilities of the team?
20 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 9-9-3
▼ 1
The Devils haven't been overly impressive over the first quarter of the season, but they are keeping themselves on the edge of the playoff race. That's all that's needed, until the latter stages of the season.
21 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 8-9-4
▲ 2
The recent trade of defenseman Sergei Gonchar and swap of defenseman Brenden Dillon for defenseman Jason Demers were desperate attempts to right the team chemistry.
22 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 11-8
The struggles of the Minnesota Wild cannot be blamed on just one player, but Thomas Vanek has only scored one goal this season.
23 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 9-8-3
▼ 2
Head Coach Barry Trotz is doing his best, but it is hard to change a culture in which true effort was never a real priority.
24 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 7-9-5
Last season, Patrick Roy was named coach of the year. He should be able to fix this mess.
25 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 6-12-2
Nick Foligno (+3) and Brian Gibbons (+1) are the only players on the team who do not have a negative plus/minus rating.
26 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 7-5-6
▲ 1
The team really isn't that bad. The problem is that they just don't win that often.
27 Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix Coyotes 9-11-2
▼ 1
The fickle fans of the Coyotes are finally beginning to realize just how special that 2012 run to the Western Conference final really was.
28 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 6-11-3
In 2002, Carolina made it to the Stanley Cup final. In 2006, they won the Stanley Cup. Since then, they have since missed the playoffs every year but 2009.
29 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 6-13-2
▲ 1
Three game win streak is enough to leapfrog Edmonton, and climb out of the Power Rankings cellar.
30 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 6-13-2
▼ 1
Everyone has a theory as to why the Oilers play such bad hockey. All that really matters is they have lost six straight games, no matter what the reason.
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