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1 New York Rangers New York Rangers 46-18-7
The Rangers decisively defeated the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday night. Expect a playoff atmosphere when they face the L.A. Kings on Tuesday night.
2 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 45-21-7
▲ 3
When this team is healthy, they are almost unstoppable. Lightning have evolved from last season and are legit Stanley Cup contenders.
3 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 46-20-7
Goaltender Carey Price continues his campaign for MVP. An amazing .938 save percentage, to go along with his 1.86 goals against average, and nine shutouts.
4 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 43-22-6
▲ 4
Just what kind of season was Patrick Kane having before his injury? He has now missed 10 games, but still leads the team in both goals and assists.
5 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 46-21-7
▼ 3
A 7-2 loss to New York Rangers was troubling on many levels. Not only were the Ducks outplayed, but goaltending was atrocious.
6 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 40-25-7
▲ 7
The team is showing no signs of fading. Forward Thomas Vanek has five goals and three assists in his seven-game point streak.
7 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 36-24-11
▲ 5
No praise is high enough for rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond. Fans may get tired of hearing about him, but he is the main reason Ottawa has become a playoff team.
8 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 45-21-7
▼ 4
Vladimir Tarasenko leads the team in goals, overall points, and plus/minus rating. This team may finally have the stability and firepower to break through in the postseason.
9 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 34-23-14
▼ 3
The team has recalled forward Mike Richards. They will need him on what will be a season-defining five-game road trip. Defenseman Alec Martinez is finally off injured reserve, and just in time.
10 New York Islanders New York Islanders 44-25-4
▼ 3
The Islanders are struggling without defenseman Nick Leddy, who will be out for another week. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak must stay healthy because backup netminder Michael Neuvirth has been quite mediocre.
11 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 42-26-4
▲ 5
It looks like goaltender Ryan Miller will be out for the rest of the regular season. Goaltender Eddie Lack will have to continue his strong play in order to get this team to the postseason
12 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 39-27-6
▲ 3
It may be time to start throwing head coach Bob Hartley's name around in Coach of the Year discussions. The Flames keep on rolling.
13 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 39-21-11
▲ 1
Pavel Datsyuk has had some injury issues lately. The team may need to rest him down the stretch in order to insure his availability for postseason.
14 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 44-21-8
▼ 5
The Predators are still not playing great hockey. Goaltender Pekka Rinne has given up seven goals in his last three starts. Center Mike Ribeiro has zero points in his last six games.
15 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 40-22-10
▼ 5
The Penguins will be without forward Evgeni Malkin for a few more games. Then it will be back to mediocre play, but with a healthy team.
16 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 33-25-14
▲ 1
Amazingly, Florida is still in playoff contention despite injury problems. They may overtake the Boston Bruins, but catching Ottawa is another story.
17 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 36-25-12
▼ 6
Bruins have lost five in a row and now are awaiting news regarding injury to defenseman Dougie Hamilton. The team is fragile at this moment, and has games against Anaheim and the NY Rangers coming this week.
18 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 37-23-12
▲ 1
The Jets are charging toward playoffs. Four wins in a row and goalie Ondrej Pavelec has been hot, only allowing four goals in his last four starts.
19 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 39-24-10
▼ 1
Nine games left in their season, and Caps have a shot at finishing second in the Metropolitan division.
20 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 33-35-4
▲ 4
Blue Jackets have won three straight and seven of last 10. It is too little, too late. No way this team can make up for its horrendous start to the season.
21 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 33-26-12
▼ 1
37-year-old Jarome Iginla is leading the team in goals and overall scoring; that is the most remarkable aspect of this team's most unremarkable season.
22 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 34-28-10
▲ 3
This team is a reminder that just having all the pieces to a puzzle does not mean the puzzle will be easy to put together.
23 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 35-29-8
▼ 1
When this team misses the playoffs, it is going to get ugly. The easiest thing to do is fire head coach Todd MacLellan, but the problems are actually much deeper than that.
24 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 31-30-11
▼ 3
Down the stretch, Devils have some good contests against playoff teams. If they chose to embrace the role of spoiler, there could be some very interesting games coming up.
25 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 29-29-16
▼ 2
Flyers continue to play as though they want coach Craig Berube to be fired. More than likely, that is exactly what is going to happen.
26 Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix Coyotes 21-44-8
▲ 2
Defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is the only true bright spot on this team, which seems to be constantly looking for new and improved ways to lose games.
27 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 26-35-10
Losers of three straight, it won't be getting any easier. Coming up this week: Chicago, Pittsburgh, and New Jersey.
28 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 27-40-6
▼ 2
Toronto seems to have already mentally checked out. Truth be told, some time on the golf course may do this team a world of good.
29 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 20-45-7
Just 10 games remaining before the countdown to the Evander Kane era begins—an era which may very well include Connor McDavid.
30 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 20-39-13
Oilers have not had good goaltending this season, but it is hard to know whether the play of the team has dragged down the quality of the goaltending, or vice versa.