Brodeur returns with a bang

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Biggest climb: Montreal Canadiens (24 to 12)

Biggest fall: Dallas Stars (14 to 26)

A reminder: these rankings are based mainly on quality of play (with a Vanilla Fudge-like heavy emphasis on recent games), overall record and my remarkably intuitive gut calls. Heck, if I went strictly off record, these would be no different than the standings, and you already know where to find those. Also worth noting: stats and records are through Sunday's games.

Want to send me a comment about the rankings? Scroll to the bottom of this page for my Mailbag. I read 'em all and if you're halfway civil -- or at least clever in your skewering of my sage decisions -- I'll try to get back to you.

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