With the All-Star break over, the upstart San Jose Sharks are poised to lead the NHL pack into the playoff stretch drive.
And just like that, we’re in the home stretch. Four weeks out from the Feb. 29 trade deadline. Ten weeks from the end of the season.
While the inclination might be to ask, “Where did the time go?” the better question is, “What comes next?” For this week’s Power Rankings, we’re taking a look not just at where each team is at for the moment, but where they’re heading as the 2015-16 season winds down. Some are ready to build on early success. Others are trying to separate themselves from the pack. And still others are just hoping to salvage something from the wreckage. No matter where your favorite team sits, things are about to get interesting.
Biggest jump: Nashville Predators (20 to 10)
Biggest drop: Arizona Coyotes (8 to 16); New Jersey Devils (9 to 17)