1. Buffalo Sabres. First team in the NHL to reach the 30-win plateau.
2. Nashville Predators. Welcome back Tomas Vokoun. Keep an eye behind you on Chris Mason.
3. Anaheim Ducks. Trying to survive with key injuries.
4. San Jose Sharks. A healthy 3-0-0 since the debacle against Phoenix.
5. New Jersey Devils. It may not be pretty but all they do is win, baby.
6. Detroit Red Wings. Minor hiccup in California.
7. Atlanta Thrashers. Is it time to take this team seriously?
8. Montreal Canadiens. First swoon of the season.
9. Vancouver Canucks. Roberto Luongo for the Hart Trophy?
10. Ottawa Senators. Mike Comrie was a better fit than Petr Nedved, albeit more expensive.
11. Dallas Stars. Add some offence before the trade deadline and this is a dangerous team.
12. Calgary Flames. How will they fare without Jarome Iginla?
13. Carolina Hurricanes. D-men Frantisek Kaberle, Tim Gleason and Bret Hedican all expected back after the all-star break.
14. New York Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist has been their best player.
15. Minnesota Wild. Awful, awful road record.
16. Edmonton Oilers. GM Kevin Lowe trying hard to acquire a blue-liner.
17. Boston Bruins. What happened to Hannu Toivonen?
18. Pittsburgh Penguins. Mark Recchi has found the fountain of youth.
19. Colorado Avalanche. John-Michael Liles a huge loss.
20. Toronto Maple Leafs. The Marlies Mafia keeping the Leafs competitive.
21. Phoenix Coyotes. Shane Doan has come alive and has helped save his team's season.
22. Tampa Bay Lightning. GM Jay Feaster is losing sleep trying to get a defenceman.
23. Washington Capitals. Alexander Ovechkin trying to mount a threat to Sidney Crosby for the scoring title.
24. Florida Panthers. Will Todd Bertuzzi be a Panther next year?
25. New York Islanders. The freefall everybody expected.
26. Columbus Blue Jackets. Back to earth a little bit.
27. Chicago Blackhawks. Back to earth a little bit.
28. Los Angeles Kings. Derek Armstrong a team-best plus-11.
29. St. Louis Blues. The fire sale is on hold while the Blues win some games.
30. Philadelphia Flyers. It's time to find Peter Forsberg a new home.