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1 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 6-1-1
▲ 4
The Kings just finished off a perfect 6-0 homestand. They will now go barnstorming through the Eastern Conference, beginning Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
2 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 7-2
▼ 1
The Ducks won seven in a row before dropping a choppy 3-0 decision to San Jose. They accomplished the win streak despite three regular skaters missing from the lineup.
3 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2-1
▼ 1
Pittsburgh is great on offense, but still needs to clean up defensively. The game they have circled on the calendar is Thursday night vs Los Angeles. It will be the most telling game they have played.
4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 7-1
▲ 2
They may be making their fans a little nervous on a nightly basis, but they keep on winning close games. Whatever they are doing, it's working. The Canadiens have won four straight.
5 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 5-2-1
▼ 1
In the absence of injured goalie Corey Crawford, 25-year-old rookie goalie Scott Darling, a native of Chicago, steps in and earns a 2-1 win over Ottawa in his first-ever NHL game. The stuff of dreams.
6 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 5-4-1
▼ 3
P.K. San Jose slipped a bit and had a four-game skid, but got back in business with a big win over Anaheim. This team has an abundance of talent.
7 New York Islanders New York Islanders 6-2
These Islanders might actually be for real. Most recently, they followed up a two-game skid, with quality wins over Boston and Dallas.
8 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 4-2-1
One of the keys to their success has been the stellar goaltending of Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, who respectively have save percentages of .939, and .936.
9 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 5-1-2
▲ 2
So far, so good, with the Mike Ribeiro experiment. Ribeiro has three goals,three3 assists, and seems to be fitting into the system.
10 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3-1
Tampa will be without Victor Hedman for an extended period of time. They should still be okay, but will need to make an adjustment.
11 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 4-2-2
▼ 2
The Stars were built to be a Cup contender, but have allowed more goals this season than all but two other NHL teams.
12 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 4-2
There is great depth here. The Wild had six different goal scorers in a 7-2 victory over Tampa Bay. This team was very deliberately built, and it is paying off. They have only allowed six goals in six games.
13 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 4-2-2
▲ 4
The Devils have gotten points in all but two of their first eight games. It is early in the season, but these early points will be crucial later in the season, when they are fighting for a playoff spot.
14 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 5-5
▼ 1
Boston was already off to a shaky start, and now will be without Zdeno Chara for more than a month. Goalie Tuuka Rask is going to need to be strong to build the team's confidence.
15 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 5-4-1
▲ 6
It's all about the newcomers. Mason Raymond has five goals in 10 games, and goalie Jonas Hiller has a .948 save percentage.
16 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 3-3-1
▼ 2
The team has exceptional depth at center ice, which is good. Forward T.J. Oshie has only 1 point in seven games, which is bad.
17 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 4-4
▼ 1
Recent losses to Anaheim and Los Angeles show that Columbus is a good team, but not yet ready to compete with the elite.
18 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 4-2-2
▼ 3
Head coach Barry Trotz seemed like he would be an awkward fit, but so far it has worked out well. Let's see if they can maintain.
19 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 5-3
▼ 1
The Sedins are leading the team in scoring, and the Canucks are two games over .500. For now, that is just fine.
20 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 4-2-2
If Father Time will allow Pavel Datsyuk to play at least 60-65 games this season, all this might work out.
21 New York Rangers New York Rangers 4-4
▼ 2
The team's 2014 run to the Stanley Cup final was called "miraculous." Keeping that in mind, expectations should have been much lower coming into this season.
22 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 3-3-2
▲ 1
Flyers are finally winning some games, but still not quite up to par. They need to start playing more consistently.
23 Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix Coyotes 3-3-1
▲ 1
Why are teams reluctant to sign goalies to long term deals? Refer to the performance of Mike Smith, whose contract has gone up from $2 mil in 2012 to $6 mil this season, and will go to $6.5 mil next season.
24 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 3-4-1
▲ 6
Oilers defeated Tampa Bay, Washington and Carolina in recent three-game win streak. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored a goal in each game. If he can get truly engaged, this could turn into something.
25 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 3-4-1
▼ 3
Nobody really knows what goes on with this team, either on or off the ice. Based on their performances, something bad and/or dysfunctional is happening somewhere within the organization.
26 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 2-4-3
They aren't scoring like they did last season, and goaltender Semyon Varlamov isn't stopping the puck like he did last season. Bad combination.
27 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 3-5
▼ 2
Maybe injured forward Evander Kane is actually the heart and soul of this team. Kane should be back soon from a knee injury suffered on opening night.
28 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 2-2-3
▼ 1
Panthers GM Dale Tallon built the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup team. Hopefully he did not accidentally shred the blueprints.
29 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 2-7
You know things are tough when even the head coach is making cynical comments about the team's performance.
30 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 0-5-2
▼ 2
Having played seven games, this is the NHL's only winless team. They are making the Buffalo Sabres feel good about themselves.
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