Tyler J. Altemose
The Pittsburgh Penguins have been mowing through the competition lately, as they currently hold a league-leading 11-game win streak. They'll hold onto first place for at least another week. In other news, some familiar faces are back in the top ten. How did your team fare this past week?
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 1 | +/-0
The National Guard is going to have to be called out, because soon nothing will be able to contain Sidney Crosby and the Penguins.
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 5 | +3
With a little help from Carey Price, the Habs outscored their opponents 12-3 this week. They have a secure hold on the Northeast division.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 9 | +6
Wednesday's contest at the Wells Fargo Center is a classic example of stealing victory from the jaws of defeat. No pun intended with the "jaws" comment.
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 2 | -2
Three straight losses for the second time this season.
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 3 | -2
Short week for the 'Nucks who took on a couple of Central division opponents at home this week.
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 10 | +4
The Stars continue to gain points despite the sloppy end to the week.
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 6 | -1
The Sharks continue their decade-long stranglehold on the Philadelphia Flyers organization.
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 13 | +5
Tim Thomas is the defensive version of Sidney Crosby this season.
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 4 | -5
The Wings are currently in their biggest slump of the season.
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 11 | -1
The 'Hawks have experienced an ebb and flow in regards to being above .500 this season. They're back on the positive side of things this week.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 8 | -3
A couple of close contests for the Jackets who spent this (short) week on the road.
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 7 | -5
Anaheim's scoring has hit a wall.
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 21 | +8
The Thrashers saw their dreams of a franchise record for consecutive wins dashed by the Penguins. Still though, 8 wins in your last 9 contests is pretty darn good.
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 19 | +5
The 'Yotes have been making a statement lately. In the past month they have just two regulation losses.
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 16 | +1
Back to back wins for the first time since 13 November.
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 14 | -2
You know that lazy feeling you get after a nice, big Thanksgiving dinner? Well, apparently it's taken a week for that feeling to subside for the Blues. They recorded their first win since Turkey Day Wednesday night.
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 20 | +3
The Rangers try to stay competitive with the Flyers and Penguins, winning 2 of 3 this week.
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 12 | -6
The Senators have just 5 wins in the past month.
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 24 | +5
Going an entire month with just three regulation losses is one way to turn things around.
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 15 | -5
Neither the Avalanche nor their goaltending tandem has been steady since late-November.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 18 | -3
The Lightning's recent play is giving critics of the Southwest division fire power for their "this is a one horse town" argument.
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 23 | +1
The Panthers are just two games below .500 after this week. Not bad for a team in the process of rebuilding.
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 17 | -6
The 'Canes haven't had back-to-back wins in over a month.
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 26 | +2
The Sabres have received points in three straight games for the first time since mid-November.
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 28 | +3
The Oilers had a (rare) four-game winning streak snapped by the Ducks on Tuesday evening.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 27 | +1
The Leafs tried out winning to see what it's like but quickly decided they didn't like it.
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 22 | -5
Five straight losses. Not good, Minny.
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 25 | -3
The Flames are starting to speckle some wins in here and there.
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 29 | +/-0
The Islanders have 53 goals this season. Sidney Crosby has 50 points. Put that into perspective for a moment.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 30 | +/-0
This time last season the Devils had 41 points, sitting second in the Eastern Conference. Flash forward to today, and the New Jersey Devils sit in 14th with just 18 points.