1. Nashville Predators. No one’s panicking yet but Peter Forsberg remains out…
2. Anaheim Ducks. Back to playing the kind of hockey that got them off to a great start.
3. Detroit Red Wings. Huge back-to-back tests with Preds.
4. Buffalo Sabres. The callup Drew Stafford may be here to stay.
5. New Jersey Devils. Martin Brodeur, amazingly, closing in on career high for wins in a season.
6. Vancouver Canucks. Bryan Smolinski fitting in nicely.
7. San Jose Sharks. Does anyone know Patrick Marleau leads the Sharks in goals?
8. Ottawa Senators. What’s up with those third-period collapses boys.
9. Calgary Flames. Robyn Regehr a team-best plus-24.
10. Dallas Stars. Mike Modano soon to pass Joe Mullen for most goals by a U.S.-born player.
11. Atlanta Thrashers. Try 6-1-0 since Keith Tkachuk’s arrival.
12. Pittsburgh Penguins. The Pens won’t be marching to Kansas City.
13. Minnesota Wild. Is there a goalie controversy in Minny?
14. Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bolts have quietly been getting some goaltending in the second half.
15. New York Islanders. Will the Chris Simon suspension distract the Isles?
16. Toronto Maple Leafs. Hopeful sign for Leaf fans: Tomas Kaberle on skates Tuesday.
17. Carolina Hurricanes. Too much talent to be 27th in the NHL on the PP.
18. New York Rangers. Petr Prucha has come on.
19. Montreal Canadiens. Still own the top PP in the NHL despite their slide.
20. Colorado Avalanche. What will the Avs do with Jose Theodore?
21. Florida Panthers. Olli Jokinen having an outstanding season in obscurity.
22. Boston Bruins. Brandon Bochenski could prove a smart addition.
23. St. Louis Blues. There’s light at the end of the tunnel for next season.
24. Washington Capitals. Alexander Ovechkin a little off last year’s pace.
25. Columbus Blue Jackets. You’re a real hockey fan if you knew David Vyborny led the Jackets in scoring.
26. Edmonton Oilers. The white flag is up.
27. Chicago Blackhawks. Get some goals next season. Hawks 29th in goals per game.
28. Phoenix Coyotes. Wayne Gretzky says he’ll come back and coach next season.
29. Los Angeles Kings. Who will play goal for this team next season?
30. Philadelphia Flyers. Simon Gagne will get to 40 goals despite his team’s horrible season.