Each week, Hockey Night in Canada's Scott Morrison breaks down the balance of power in the National Hockey League.

1. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS [unchanged]
Record: 18-7-3 (39 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-2-1

Goaltending has not been an issue at all.
2. CALGARY FLAMES [up from 3]
Record: 18-8-3 (39 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Impressive win over the Sharks on the weekend.
3. SAN JOSE SHARKS [down from 2]
Record: 19-7-5 (43 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-3-2

Big Joe's playing with a physical edge.
4. WASHINGTON CAPITALS [up from 6]
Record: 19-5-6 (44 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-1-2

Never missed a beat without Ovie for two games.
5. NEW JERSEY DEVILS [down from 4]
Record: 20-7-1 (41 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Could make a case for moving them higher.
6. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS [down from 5]
Record: 20-10-1 (41 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Ouch, tough loss at home to the Hurricanes.
7. BOSTON BRUINS [unchanged]
Record: 15-9-5 (35 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-2-1

Apart from Habs loss, have been coming on strong.
8. COLORADO AVALANCHE [up from 19]
Record: 17-9-6 (40 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-3-3

Not the eighth best, but keep hanging in without No. 1 goalie.
9. LOS ANGELES KINGS [up from 13]
Record: 18-10-3 (39 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Smyth could be back soon, nice win over Calgary.
10. PHOENIX COYOTES [up from 11]
Record: 18-11-1 (37 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-2-1

Can't draw flies, but they're winning games.
11. BUFFALO SABRES [up from 8]
Record: 16-9-2 (34 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-5-1

Have stumbled after beating up on the Habs.
12. NASHVILLE PREDATORS [down from 9]
Record: 16-11-2 (34 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Trotz is underestimated as a coach.
13. VANCOUVER CANUCKS [up from 15]
Record: 16-13-0 (32 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-4-0

Big game with the Preds on Tuesday.
14. MINNESOTA WILD [up from 25]
Record: 13-13-3 (29 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-2-2

After a slow start have been very good.
15. DALLAS STARS [down from 12]
Record: 13-8-8 (34 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-3-2

Need to get on a nice roll.
16. DETROIT RED WINGS [up from 18]
Record: 14-10-5 (33 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-4-2

Could be a nightmare come playoffs if they finish eighth.
17. MONTREAL CANADIENS [up from 22]
Record: 14-14-2 (30 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-3-2

Now that the party is over ...
18. ATLANTA THRASHERS [down from 14]
Record: 15-9-3 (33 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-3-2

Prefer the road to home.
19. OTTAWA SENATORS [down from 10]
Record: 14-10-4 (32 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-4-1

Spezza and Kovalev are on the hot seat.
20. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING [down from 16]
Record: 11-10-8 (30 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-6-1

Vinny's season is a mystery.
21. NEW YORK RANGERS [unchanged]
Record: 14-14-1 (29 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-6-0

Scoring has dried up again.
22. NEW YORK ISLANDERS [down from 20]
Record: 11-11-7 (29 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-5-1

Have flattened out of late.
23. EDMONTON OILERS [up from 29]
Record: 13-13-4 (30 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-3-2

Showing some signs of life on the road.
24. ST. LOUIS BLUES [down from 23]
Record: 12-11-5 (29 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Have to figure out how to win at home.
25. FLORIDA PANTHERS [down from 27]
Record: 11-13-6 (28 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-4-4

Have battled through many key injuries.
26. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS [up from 28]
Record: 9-13-7 (25 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-2-2

Finally a win at home.
27. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS [down from 26]
Record: 13-11-5 (31 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-5-3

Hitchcock is safe for now.
28. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS [down from 17]
Record: 13-13-1 (27 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-8-0

Firing Stevens wasn't the answer.
29. ANAHEIM DUCKS [down from 24]
Record: 10-13-6 (26 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-3-3

This makes no sense whatsoever.
30. CAROLINA HURRICANES [unchanged]
Record: 7-17-5 (19 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-5-1

Ward is coming back, but still a steep climb.