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Weekly National Hockey League rankings from The Canadian Press

Chris Osgood has the NHL's best goals-against average, Henrik Zetterberg is among the league's scoring leaders and Niklas Lidstrom is as steady as ever on defence. It should be no surprise that the Detroit Red Wings lead our totally subjective weekly ranking of the NHL's 30 teams:

1. Detroit Red Wings. Despite the league's best record and seven straight wins, there are still empty seats at Joe Louis Arena.

2. Ottawa Senators. Dany Heatley leads the league with a plus-19 rating.

3. Dallas Stars. How about more love for Sergei Zubov? This guy's a player.

4. New Jersey Devils. The NHL's hottest team has been climbing the rankings.

5. Minnesota Wild. Jacques Lemaire wants to see more from his star players.

6. Vancouver Canucks. Roberto Luongo's ribs are a sore spot.

7. Carolina Hurricanes. Haven't won two straight games in almost a month.

8. Pittsburgh Penguins. A great run through Western Canada.

9. Anaheim Ducks. Scott Niedermayer's coming back - who's on the way out?

10. Boston Bruins. The next bestseller ... "Second Chances" by Alex Auld.

11. San Jose Sharks. Hard to believe this is the same Jonathan Cheechoo who once scored 56 goals in a season.

12. New York Rangers. Couple tough losses at Madison Square Garden last week.

13. St. Louis Blues. Lee Stempniak has been picking it up.

14. Colorado Avalanche. Cause for concern? Joe Sakic still out with injured groin.

15. Philadelphia Flyers. Mike Richards can expect a hefty raise next season.

16. Montreal Canadiens. Much more is needed from Michael Ryder.

17. Toronto Maple Leafs. Seven straight starts for Vesa Toskala.

18. Columbus Blue Jackets. Playing a lot of tight one-goal games.

19. Nashville Predators. Martin Erat on the way to a career year.

20. Atlanta Thrashers. The newest home of Mark Recchi.

21. Chicago Blackhawks. Young team going through some struggles.

22. Tampa Bay Lightning. Absolutely brutal on the road.

23. Buffalo Sabres. Those recent score lines look like something from a football game.

24. New York Islanders. Now featuring arguments on the bench.

25. Calgary Flames. Miikka Kiprusoff will bounce back.

26. Edmonton Oilers. An amazing seven wins in the shootout already.

27. Florida Panthers. The good news? They play Washington eight times this year.

28. Phoenix Coyotes. Radim Vrbata leads the team with 11 goals. Radim Vrbata!

29. Washington Capitals. Nicklas Backstrom is getting more confident.

30. Los Angeles Kings. Kopitar, Cammalleri and Brown - the future is bright.


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