Rank   Team Record   Change   Comment
1 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 40-13-7
A juggernaut: The Predators have officially gone from just being a playoff team to being a legit Stanley Cup contender.
2 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 38-16-5
▲ 1
Many say this team relies too heavily on its goaltender. Maybe so, but they keep on winning.
3 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 38-17-4
▲ 3
Blues are a solid team, but may make a move at trade deadline. They need to get to the next level, and keep pace with division rival Nashville.
4 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 28-18-12
▲ 10
Seven straight wins, while outscoring opposition 25-13. The reigning Stanley Cup champions are suddenly off the playoff bubble and looking like serious contenders, again.
5 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 37-19-6
▼ 3
A great offensive team, but they still need to shore up defensively and goalie Ben Bishop needs to be more consistent if they are to truly contend.
6 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 33-14-10
▼ 1
Winning the Atlantic Division may be what caps off the great Detroit storyline this season. A healthy Henrik Zetterberg has made a big difference.
7 New York Islanders New York Islanders 39-20-2
▲ 3
Islanders are sitting atop the Metropolitan division. A race to the finish with the New York Rangers will really awaken the rivalry.
8 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 34-17-9
This is the time of the season to start playing serious hockey, but the Pens are still having problems with consistency.
9 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 35-20-5
▼ 5
Overall, Chicago is looking strong, but they do have lapses. They have lost three straight and seem to be in a bit of a lull.
10 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 37-16-7
▼ 3
Anaheim lost both forward Matt Beleskey and defenseman Sami Vatanen for extended time due to injury. They have a big matchup with LA Kings coming up on Friday.
11 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 31-21-7
▲ 6
Three straight wins, and 8-1-1 in last 10 games. It is amazing how much Devan Dubnyk's solid goaltending has transformed the team.
12 New York Rangers New York Rangers 36-16-6
▲ 1
Rangers are continuing to play well in the absence of superstar goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Last season was considered lucky, but this season they are proving it was no fluke.
13 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 34-22-3
▲ 2
Goalie Ryan Miller was injured during Sunday's shutout of the New York Islanders. Vancouver's playoff hopes could be hanging in the balance.
14 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 33-18-10
▲ 2
Caps have won four of their last five games. They will need to keep up the intensity and discipline down the stretch.
15 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 32-23-4
▼ 4
Still making great use of the great team speed. Calgary will be in the playoff race all the way down to the wire.
16 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 29-21-9
▼ 7
Recently endured a six-game losing streak. Capable backup goaltending is a must, lest they ride Tuuka Rask into oblivion.
17 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 26-21-12
▲ 3
Panthers have taken advantage of Boston's recent slide and are back in the playoff picture.
18 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 26-23-11
Flyers have points in all but one of the last 10 games. The team is only four points out of a playoff spot.
19 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 30-23-8
▼ 7
It's hard to believe that this actually might not be a playoff team, but that is the harsh reality of the situation in San Jose.
20 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 30-20-11
▼ 1
In the five games since being traded to Winnipeg, defenseman Tyler Myers has one goal and four assists. It looks like it is working out pretty well.
21 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 24-26-9
▲ 8
Playoff chances are slim to none, but Devils are not quitting. They have won three straight and outscored the opposition 9-4.
22 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 26-23-11
▼ 1
Nineteen-year-old Nathan MacKinnon recorded his first career hat trick in a win over Tampa Bay on Sunday. That's about it as far as bright spots this season.
23 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 27-24-9
▼ 1
Losers of three straight, this nightmarishly underachieving season will be over in 22 more games.
24 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 24-23-10
Sens recently won back-to-back games for the first time in seven weeks. This is a microcosm of what is wrong with the team.
25 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 21-30-7
▼ 2
As bad as the season has been, the Canes do have a winning record at home. This may be something upon which they can build.
26 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 26-28-4
▼ 1
Under the radar stat; backup goalie Curtis McElhinney has a better save percentage than does Sergei Bobrovsky.
27 Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix Coyotes 20-32-7
▲ 1
Five straight losses and it simply will not be getting any better anytime soon. It's hard to believe this is the same team that made the Western Conference final in 2012.
28 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 17-34-10
▼ 2
An unfair amount of blame is heaped upon goaltenders Ben Scrivens and Viktor Fasth. The real problem is that this team plays atrociously poor fundamental hockey.
29 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 24-31-5
▼ 2
Management has given up on the team, and the team has given up hope. It’s a tough situation for the ever-loyal Leafs fans.
30 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 17-38-5
Just 22 more games before the Sabres’ season ends. It won't be long until Sabres fans can enjoy renewed hope.

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