Tyler J. Altemose
Another week, another team at the top. This time, the East still reigns, with those pesky Canucks hot on their heels. One former Cup finalist rises through the rankings, while another plummets. How do things look this week? Without further adieu...
Current Rank: 1 | Previous Rank: 11 | +10
The Washington Capitals are the hottest team in the East right now, perhaps the entire league.
Current Rank: 2 | Previous Rank: 3 | +1
The Canucks started out slow but look good so far on the road.
San Jose Sharks
Current Rank: 3 | Previous Rank: 4 | +1
Niemi has gone from no-name goaltender to Cup champion to team leader. He's one of the Sharks' biggest crutches right now.
Current Rank: 4 | Previous Rank: 5 | +1
A strong week for the 'Hawks plus a weak week for the Red Wings makes the Central division look more interesting.
Current Rank: 5 | Previous Rank: 1 | -4
Win streak: over. The Bruins cooled down this week.
Detroit Red Wings
Current Rank: 6 | Previous Rank: 2 | -4
This week didn't bode well for the Wings. They need to perform better than that against the top teams in the West.
Current Rank: 7 | Previous Rank: 15 | +8
Carey Price and Co. looked solid this week.
Current Rank: 8 | Previous Rank: 12 | +4
The Wild look to get things together and stay in the chase in the West.
Current Rank: 9 | Previous Rank: 7 | -2
Kiprusoff basically won each game this week for the Flames who continue to shoot up the standings in the West.
New Jersey Devils
Current Rank: 10 | Previous Rank: 9 | -1
Martin Brodeur stood strong this week and got the Devils a very valuable four points.
Current Rank: 11 | Previous Rank: 16 | +5
The Sabres look like the most likely Cinderella team coming out of the East. Them and the Devils, for sure.
Tampa Bay Lightning
Current Rank: 12 | Previous Rank: 6 | -6
The Lightning are 4-4-2 in their past 10 games. What happened to this team?
Los Angeles Kings
Current Rank: 13 | Previous Rank: 10 | -3
The Kings grappled with some of the West's finest but came out with only mixed results.
Current Rank: 14 | Previous Rank: 13 | -1
The Vancouver Canucks. #DanEllisProblems
Current Rank: 15 | Previous Rank: 21 | +6
And just like tht, they're back on track. I shouldn't say this, but "Bylsma for coach of the year."
New York Rangers
Current Rank: 16 | Previous Rank: 19 | +3
The Rangers had mixed results this week, but they absolutely crushed their division-rival Flyers.
Current Rank: 17 | Previous Rank: 9 | -8
The Flyers were once easily the best team in the East. Now it seems as if anyone can beat them. What gives?
Current Rank: 18 | Previous Rank: 14 | -4
The Coyotes had a bunch of close contests this week. I'm sure they wish they got better results.
Current Rank: 19 | Previous Rank: 23 | +4
Much better results from the Stars this week. A point in every game, three of which were on the road.
Current Rank: 20 | Previous Rank: 18 | -2
The Preds hit a bit of a bump in the road this week. Hopefully they can recover, because I don't want to be wrong about both of my dark horses.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Current Rank: 21 | Previous Rank: 17 | -4
The Maple Leafs hit a road block this week.
Current Rank: 22 | Previous Rank: 22 | +/-0
The Carolina Hurricanes continue their balancing at. Why do I feel like this is going to be a last minute thing with whether this team makes the playoffs or not?
New York Islanders
Current Rank: 23 | Previous Rank: 24 | +1
I have to admit--I'm pretty impressed with Al Montoya.
Columbus Blue Jackets
Current Rank: 24 | Previous Rank: 20 | -4
And that's the story of how the Columbus Blue Jackets fell out of playoff contention.
St. Louis Blues
Current Rank: 25 | Previous Rank: 25 | +/-0
This actually wasn't a terrible week for the Blues. They held tough against the Caps and showed resilience against the Blue Jackets in extra minutes...twice.
Current Rank: 26 | Previous Rank: 26 | +/-0
Even the Ottawa Senators are finding ways to win. I mean, it doesn't really much matter for these guys, but perhaps this is how a team responds to not having a thing to worry about.
Current Rank: 27 | Previous Rank: 27 | +/-0
Well it's too late to turn things around now, Atlanta.
Current Rank: 28 | Previous Rank: 28 | +/-0
I guess winning big against two weaker Western Conference foes threw them off, because after that the Oilers got crushed by the Flyers and Caps, two of the East's best.
Current Rank: 29 | Previous Rank: 29 | +/-0
More bad news for the Cats.
Current Rank: 30 | Previous Rank: 30 | +/-0
For the record, the Avalanche have lost 18 of their past 20. Yowza!