Originally posted on Red Light District Hockey | Last updated 2/13/12
1. New York Rangers… LW: 1
With wins over the Flyers and Caps over the weekend, the Rangers are now seven points clear of second-place Boston in the East. Impressive.
2. Detroit Red Wings… LW: 2
Detroit is now the third team in NHL history to win 20 home games in a row. They’ll go for the record Tuesday against Dallas.
3. Vancouver Canucks… LW: 3
Interesting stat: Nine of the Canucks’ last 12 games have gone to overtime or a shootout.
4. St. Louis Blues… LW: 7
Can the Blues, who went a perfect 4-0 last week, win the Stanley Cup? If Jaroslav Halak comes anywhere close to the way he played in 2010, why not? They are solid in every facet of the game.
5. Pittsburgh Penguins… LW: 6
The trio of Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Chris Kunitz combined for 19 points this past weekend.
6. Boston Bruins… LW: 5
With Nathan Horton (concussion) out for the foreseen future, does GM Peter Chiarelli need to add a forward before the trade deadline?
7. Nashville Predators… LW: 4
The tough February slate is starting to get to the Preds, who are 1-2-2 thus far this month. The penalty kill, which has surrendered seven goals in the last seven games, must improve.
8. San Jose Sharks… LW: 8
The Sharks have set out on a two-week expedition where they will play nine games in 15 days. This is a key stretch if they wish to hold onto their Pacific Division lead.
9. New Jersey Devils… LW: 9
Zach Parise had a bit of a slow start this season, but he has 37 points in 34 games since Nov. 26.
10. Florida Panthers… LW: 14
With less than two months remaining in the season, the surprising Panthers are clinging on to the Southeast Division – a division that is completely up for grabs.
11. Los Angeles Kings… LW: 12
In Sunday’s win in Dallas, Jordan Nolan and Dwight King scored their first NHL goals. Whatever works.
12. Philadelphia Flyers… LW: 11
If hadn’t been for early-season injuries, Brayden Schenn would be in the Calder discussion; he’s finally starting to show his potential. Meanwhile, GM Paul Holmgren is under pressure over the next two weeks.
13. Phoenix Coyotes… LW: 24
Dave Tippett’s club has temporarily emerged from the bubble with a timely five-game winning streak. Mike Smith has a 1.19 GAA and .962 save percentage in that span.
14. Toronto Maple Leafs… LW: 10
The Leafs, who have lost three straight after winning three straight, continue to be one of the league’s hardest teams to crack this season.
15. Calgary Flames… LW: 18
Calgary has earned points in each of their last five games. Sitting two points out of eighth in the West, they have big road games in Dallas and Los Angeles this week.
16. Washington Capitals… LW: 15
Through 55 combined minutes against the Panthers and Jets, the Caps looked like they were on the right track. But they blew a 2-0 lead against the Jets, lost in a shootout and then lost in New York on Sunday.
17. Ottawa Senators… LW: 16
Craig Anderson has lost his last eight starts; he has a 3.87 GAA and .885 save percentage in that time.
18. Colorado Avalanche… LW: 19
Rookie Gabriel Landeskog is drawing rave reviews with his all-around play. Is he in the Calder discussion? You bet.
19. Chicago Blackhawks… LW: 13
The Blackhawks have lost eight straight games (0-7-1), being out-scored by a 35-15 mark during the skid. Also, Duncan Keith is an uncharacteristic minus-9 in the eight losses. Is Joel Quenneville’s job now in jeopardy?
20. Dallas Stars… LW: 17
Glen Gulutzan’s crew isn’t with much consistency of late. Big games against Calgary and Phoenix are on the horizon this week.
21. Anaheim Ducks… LW: 23
The current pace for the eighth and final spot in the West is 91 points. To get there, the Ducks would need to accumulate 38 points in their final 27 games – a 1.41 point per game pace. In the last 17 games, they’ve excelled at a 1.59 ppg pace. So you’re saying there’s a chance?
22. Tampa Bay Lightning… LW: 21
This is about the time last year when Steven Stamkos’ production hit a wall. Will he continue on his pace to another 50-goal season?
23. New York Islanders… LW: 22
In his first 15 games, Kyle Okposo had zero goals and three points. In his last 37 games he has 27 points and has returned to being a factor offensively.
24. Montreal Canadiens… LW: 29
It was a nice bounce-back week for the Canadiens, who have won four straight and now sit seven points out of the eighth spot in the East. Can they make a late-season charge?
25. Winnipeg Jets… LW: 25
The Jets are still hanging around, but they have to pick up the pace sooner rather than later as Florida and Washington have games in hand.
26. Buffalo Sabres… LW: 27
In his last seven starts, Ryan Miller is 5-1-1 with a 1.23 GAA and .958 save percentage.
27. Minnesota Wild… LW: 20
Niklas Backstrom and company lost twice to Columbus last week. That’s all you need to know about the current state of the reeling Wild.
28. Carolina Hurricanes… LW: 26
A decision will apparently be made this week on Tuomo Ruutu’s future with the ‘Canes. If he is re-signed, defensemen Jaroslav Spacek and Bryan Allen will be trade targets for deadline buyers.
29. Edmonton Oilers… LW: 28
Sam Gagner failed to get a point on Saturday in Ottawa. I guess he is human after all.
30. Columbus Blue Jackets… LW: 30
The Blue Jackets have won two games in a row just twice all year. But when was the last time they won back-to-back games in regulation? Last February.
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