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1 New York Rangers New York Rangers 47-21-7
Goalie Henrik Lundqvist is finally back. Once he plays himself into form, Rangers will have a well-rested superstar netminder just in time for the playoffs.
2 Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild 44-25-7
Minnesota will start the week riding a five-game win streak as they continue to rise in the Central division. They’re fast becoming a juggernaut, which will make for an unenviable first round playoff matchup.
3 Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks 46-21-7
Anaheim is still winning all the close ones. The last five wins have all been decided by one goal. Record of 31-1-7 in one goal games this season.
4 Montreal Canadiens Montreal Canadiens 47-21-8
Habs will receive a test early on as they start the week off with a tilt against Tampa Bay. That could turn out to be the game of the week.
5 Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning 46-23-7
The Lightning are fine-tuned and ready for a serious postseason run. They will not burn themselves out chasing home ice advantage like they did last season.
6 St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues 46-22-7
▲ 2
The Blues have been less than stellar in the last 10 games. More than likely, they have begun looking forward to playoffs.
7 Nashville Predators Nashville Predators 47-22-8
▲ 7
Preds came out of their tailspin and won four straight before getting thumped by Calgary. They still lead the Central division, but something seems a little off.
8 Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks 45-24-6
▼ 2
Stellar play by Minnesota may relegate Chicago to a wild card playoff spot, but they are still tough. They will start off the week with huge game against the Los Angeles Kings.
9 Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators 37-26-12
▼ 2
The Senators may have cooled off a little bit, but they’re still the biggest story in the NHL. The last Eastern Conference wild card playoff spot is theirs for the taking.
10 Los Angeles Kings Los Angeles Kings 37-24-14
▼ 1
Have played themselves into a playoff spot. The next move is to overtake Vancouver for 2nd place in Pacific division. Kings may accomplish that, this week.
11 Florida Panthers Florida Panthers 35-26-15
▲ 5
Had a big win over Ottawa on Sunday to keep the playoff race interesting. Still have to play Boston twice. The first of those pivotal games, will take place on Tuesday.
12 Calgary Flames Calgary Flames 41-28-7
The Flames are still battling hard despite not having star defenseman Mark Giordano in the lineup. Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau is battling Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad for rookie-of-the-year honors.
13 Detroit Red Wings Detroit Red Wings 40-23-12
Too many little injuries to various personnel have kept the Wings from a good rhythm. When healthy, they can be very good. They should still be a tough playoff team.
14 Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 36-35-4
▲ 6
Six straight wins and 9-1-0 in the last 10 games. Unfortunately, there will be no postseason action, though they may have a nice foundation for next season.
15 Dallas Stars Dallas Stars 37-29-10
▲ 7
Dallas is 8-2-0 in last the 10 games. Stars continue to finish strong in the face of a lost season. They are in the same boat as Columbus; just wait until next season.
16 New York Islanders New York Islanders 45-27-5
▼ 6
Isles are still seriously sputtering. It is hard to imagine what has caused things to go this far south. At this point, they look like they will be little more than cannon fodder in the playoffs.
17 Pittsburgh Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins 42-23-11
▼ 2
Only the San Jose Sharks are doing less with such a talent-laden roster. Pens will make the postseason, but there are really no expectations beyond that.
18 Vancouver Canucks Vancouver Canucks 43-27-5
▼ 7
Goalie Eddie Lack continues to play well while goalie Ryan Miller remains on the mend. If Vancouver makes the playoffs, it may still be Lack in goal, no matter the health of Miller.
19 Boston Bruins Boston Bruins 38-25-13
▼ 2
Forward David Krejci finally gets back in the lineup, just in time for defenseman Dougie Hamilton to go out. Also, goalie Tuuka Rask looks tired. It doesn't look like the stars are going to align for the Bruins.
20 Washington Capitals Washington Capitals 41-25-10
▼ 1
Though it is unlikely, the Caps could miss the playoffs if they do not stay focused. The remainder of their schedule is pretty tough.
21 Winnipeg Jets Winnipeg Jets 39-25-12
▼ 3
Lost a heartbreaker to Chicago over the weekend. It was the type of game that can turn a promising young team into an also-ran. This week, Winnipeg must respond well.
22 Colorado Avalanche Colorado Avalanche 35-28-12
▼ 1
It looks like they have played well enough down the stretch to save head coach Patrick Roy's job, but not well enough to save the season.
23 San Jose Sharks San Jose Sharks 37-30-9
It is tough to decide which is more baffling: Joe Pavelski not having been named captain or Patrick Marleau's plus/minus rating of -17.
24 Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes 28-36-11
▲ 3
Carolina is out of the playoffs, but the next two games are against playoff hopefuls Washington and Florida. Canes may decide to embrace the role of 'spoiler.'
25 New Jersey Devils New Jersey Devils 31-33-12
▼ 1
There are some problems here, but given the strong goaltending of Corey Schneider, this team is really just a few tweaks away from a playoff run next season.
26 Philadelphia Flyers Philadelphia Flyers 30-29-17
▼ 1
Forward Wayne Simmonds is out for the remainder of the season as Philly continues to fade down the stretch.
27 Phoenix Coyotes Phoenix Coyotes 23-45-8
▼ 1
Everyone has seen what great goaltending has done for both Minnesota and Ottawa. Arizona is a good example of how poor goaltending affects a team.
28 Edmonton Oilers Edmonton Oilers 22-40-13
▲ 2
Even if the Oilers wind up with a good pick in the draft, do they really need to throw another young player into this mix?
29 Toronto Maple Leafs Toronto Maple Leafs 28-42-6
▼ 1
It looks like the whole Nazem Kadri situation has cooled. Leafs scored a big win over Ottawa last week on the strength of Tyler Bozak's hat trick. This is good news in a bad situation.
30 Buffalo Sabres Buffalo Sabres 20-47-8
▼ 1
Sabres are still the odds-on favorite to win the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.