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1. Anaheim Ducks (31-8-5) Winners of nine in their last 10. The Getzlaf and Perry show will roll to Sochi.

 

2. Chicago Blackhawks (29-7-9) The Hawks just don't lose. Only seven outright losses this season.

 

3. Pittsburgh Penguins (31-12-1) Injuries have done everything to this team but slow it down in the win column. Credit Crosby for driving this bus.

 

4. St. Louis Blues (29-7-5) Maybe the toughest team in the NHL to play against. Goal differential of plus 55 is tops in the NHL.

 

5. Boston Bruins (28-12-2) Western Conference team playing in the East. Big and deep with one of the game's dominant D in Chara.

 

6. San Jose Sharks (27-10-6) Deep team at centre and a blue-line with two potential Olympians. Joe Thornton still the game's best passer.

 

7. Los Angeles Kings (26-13-4) They don't score a lot with just 113 goals for but are among the stingiest in the league with only 89 against.

 

8. Colorado Avalanche (26-11-4) Been solid in their last 10 after a bit of a dip. Still a playoff team.

 

9. Tampa Bay (25-13-4) Steven Stamkos is skating again and the Bolts still have zip. Could be dangerous down the stretch.

 

10. Vancouver (23-13-8) Is the window still open for this team? Not sure if they're a contender but maybe GM Mike Gillis will bolster roster.

 

11. Montreal (24-14-5) Carey Price is getting some help and the Habs are a fun bunch to watch.

 

12. Minnesota (22-17-5) Ownership wants more for its money, hopefully GM Chuck Fletcher doesn't get pushed into a bad deal.

 

13. Detroit (19-14-10) Are they old or experienced? Tough to tell right now.

 

14. Dallas (20-14-7) Lindy Ruff has this group playing his game. They check hard and are getting some fine play from young guns.

 

15. Phoenix (20-12-9) Just two wins in their last 10. Can Dave Tippet get them back on his page?

 

16. Toronto (21-17-5) They're a minus eight in goals differential, which has Randy Carlyle pulling out his hair.

 

17. Philadelphia (21-17-4) On the move and winners of seven in last 10. Talent finally rising.

 

18. Carolina (18-16-4) Still alive in the East after four straight wins.

 

19. Ottawa (19-18-7) Defensive play hasn't been very good; they've won four in a row to get back over .500.

 

20. NYR (21-20-2) Alain Vigneault hasn't shown any sign of panic and maybe his patience is paying off.

 

21. Washington (20-16-6) Just 12 regulation or overtime wins. Living high off an 8-4 record in the shootout. Not a contender.

 

22. Winnipeg (19-21-5) Back and forth. Back and forth. Back and forth.

 

23. Nashville (18-19-6) Be a lot better if not for an 0-4 record in the shootout.

 

24. New Jersey (17-18-8) Another team dying in the shootout with an 0-6 mark in the penalty-shot parade.

 

25. Florida (16-20-6) Have won six of their last 10 but this roster can't keep that pace up for long.

 

26. Columbus (18-20-4) Last season was a mirage. Lots of work to do for Jackets management.

 

27. NYI (14-22-7) Shouldn't they be better than this? Will they trade good young pieces to chase a false playoff hope?

 

28. Edmonton (14-26-5) Summertime talk is one thing. Winter wins are another.

 

29. Calgary (14-21-6) Brian Burke has begun his rebuild by adding toughness. Now for the talent.

 

30. Buffalo (12-26-4) Just seven regulation/overtime wins. Shootout makes the worst team in hockey look better than it is.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 7, 2014 C2

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