EACH week we'll take a look at the NHL and put out power rankings based on our criteria -- a combination of record, schedule and roster. Previous ranking in parentheses:
1. Chicago Blackhawks (4) (14-3-4) The Hawks have won eight in a row and the defending champs are the best team in hockey right now.
2. Anahiem Ducks (1) (15-5-2) The Ducks have actually lost a few games of late.
3. St. Louis Blues (3) (13-3-3) The Blues just keep rolling along. Won six or seven in a row before losing one. Great team concept.
4. Phoenix Coyotes (5) (14-4-3) Proven they deserve to be in conversation of the West's best. Hot right now winning eight of last 10.
5. Minnesota Wild (8) (13-4-4) They don't score a lot but they give up less.
6. San Jose Sharks (6) (13-3-5) After a torrid start they've cooled off. Who are the real Sharks?
7. Los Angeles Kings (10) (14-6-1) The Kings' depth has begun to show through. Balanced attack.
8. Tampa Bay Lightning (7) (14-6-0) After losing Steven Stamkos they've kept winning. Ben Bishop in net has stabilized franchise.
9. Colorado Avalanche (2) (14-5-0) Patrick Roy knows winning in the NHL is difficult and his team has lost three straight.
10. Washington Capitals (16) (12-8-1) Ovechkin is still hot and they knocked off the Blues last week proving they can dance with the West's best.
11. Boston Bruins (11) (12-6-1) The Bruins might be a little sleepy right now but they're built for May not November.
12. Toronto Maple Leafs (13) (12-7-1) Injuries have yet to take a major toll and the Leafs have settled into the league's middle third. Right where they belong.
13. Vancouver Canucks (9) (11-8-3) The Canucks are finding life outside the Northwest difficult. Maybe Alain Vigneault wasn't the issue after all?
14. Pittsburgh Penguins (12) (12-8-0) When are the Penguins going to begin living up to their potential?
15. Detroit Red Wings (14) (9-5-7) Have the Red Wings become ordinary? Or is this just a blip?
16. Dallas Stars (21) (11-7-2) The Stars are hot and following the lead of Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
17. Montreal Canadiens (15) (10-9-2) The Habs need some help scoring goals. Will they try to go get it or be patient with a young roster?
18. Winnipeg Jets (20) (10-10-2) Jets have stacked up some wins but gained no ground in the Central.
19. New York Rangers (17) (10-10-0) Have won seven of the last 10 and are beginning to get healthy.
20. New Jersey Devils (23) (7-8-5) Where's the offence? Cory Schneider and Martin Brodeur are carrying this club.
21. Nashville Predators (24) (9-9-2) The Preds are average in a division where that won't get it done.
22. Ottawa Senators (19) (8-8-4) Team defence hasn't been a priority and it shows in the record and goals against.
23. Carolina Hurricanes (22) (8-8-5) Eric Staal has been awful and the Canes need him to be great.
24. New York Islanders (25) (4-6-0) Losing six of last 10 has bumped Isles below .500.
25. Columbus Blue Jackets (26) (7-10-3) Marian Gaborik has been a disaster in Columbus.
26. Philadelphia Flyers (27) (7-10-2) Bit of a surge of late but not sure this roster has what it takes.
27. Calgary Flames (24) (6-11-3) Flames have sunk to their roster's level.
28. Florida Panthers (29) (5-12-4) Kevin Dineen wasn't the problem here.
29. Edmonton Oilers (28) (5-15-2) Lots of talent but need to learn to play winning hockey.
30. Buffalo Sabres (30) (5-16-1) Pat LaFontaine and Ted Nolan have their work cut out for them.