The Dallas Stars and Buffalo Sabres are the hottest teams in the league while the Toronto Maple Leafs are plunging. A look at our totally subjective weekly ranking of the NHL’s 30 clubs:
Ottawa Senators. It was a tough week but they’re still 16-5-1.
2. Detroit Red Wings. The Central Division is a lot tougher than it used to be.
3. Dallas Stars. Mike Smith looks like a No. 1 goalie.
4. New York Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist is a serious Vezina candidate.
5. Vancouver Canucks. What’s the fuss over Bertuzzi’s return? Dave Nonis acquired Roberto Luongo for him.
6. Carolina Hurricanes. An offensive juggernaut.
7. Montreal Canadiens. Maybe Guy Lafleur should come out of retirement … again.
8. St. Louis Blues. Andy Murray’s team is tough to score against.
9. Philadelphia Flyers. Scott Hartnell is the fourth Flyers player to serve a suspension this season.
10. Anaheim Ducks. Ryan Getzlaf is going to be a star.
11. Minnesota Wild. Pierre-Marc Bouchard leads the team in scoring. Seriously.
12. Buffalo Sabres. There’s the team that has been among the NHL’s elite the last two seasons.
13. Atlanta Thrashers. Could Ilya Kovalchuk score 50 goals in 50 games?
14. Boston Bruins. Claude Julien finding success in Beantown.
15. San Jose Sharks. What’s going on with Patrick Marleau?
16. Columbus Blue Jackets. Here’s hoping Pascal Leclaire comes back soon.
17. Colorado Avalanche. Ryan Smyth on pace for 52 points.
18. New York Islanders. Need to play better away from Nassau Coliseum.
19. New Jersey Devils. Four nice road wins.
20. Phoenix Coyotes. Ilya Bryzgalov!
21. Chicago Blackhawks. Martin Havlat returns to the lineup but for how long?
22. Calgary Flames. Win one, lose one, win one, lose one …
23. Pittsburgh Penguins. Now featuring Jordan Staal and the “Sophomore Slump.”
24. Nashville Predators. Don’t write this team off just yet.
25. Tampa Bay Lightning. Losing some close games.
26. Edmonton Oilers. Teenager Sam Gagner makes an appearance on the top line.
27. Florida Panthers. Three straight wins!
28. Toronto Maple Leafs. What a mess.
29. Los Angeles Kings. Mike Cammalleri has one goal in nine games.
30. Washington Capitals. Bruce Boudreau takes the reins of this underperforming squad.