Each week, Hockey Night in Canada's Scott Morrison breaks down the balance of power in the National Hockey League. Here are this week's top six teams, bottom six teams and Canadian rankings.

Top 6

1. DETROIT RED WINGS
Record: 27-10-5 (59 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-2-1

Two of the three Canucks losses in the past five weeks have been to the Red Wings. Jimmy Howard came up large on Saturday night. Winning despite major injuries.
2. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Record: 27-8-6 (60 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-0-2

Were that close to knocking off the Red Wings on the weekend. No regulation losses since early December is very impressive. Daniel Sedin first star of the week.
3. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Record: 26-10-5 (57 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-3-0

More good news for the Flyers. Chris Pronger, out since Dec. 17 with a broken foot, could return to practice later this week. He has been taking light skates on his own.
4. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Record: 24-12-6 (54 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-1-3

The big slump is history. They have been good their past 10 games and have been better defensively. Like we said, there was a silver lining to that slide.
5. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Record: 26-13-4 (56 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-4-1

Obviously a huge challenge now to win without Sidney Crosby, who will miss at least a week with his concussion.
6. DALLAS STARS
Record: 25-13-5 (55 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-3-2

Jamie Langenbrunner is a nice addition. The Stars actually traded him and current GM Joe Nieuwendyk to the Devils in 2002. The two are now together again.


Bottom 6

25. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Record: 13-21-6 (32 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-3-0

Despite the trades and injuries, this group keeps playing hard and are getting rewarded with wins.
26. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Record: 16-20-4 (36 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-6-0

Where has all the offence suddenly come from? With J.S. Gigeure healthy it is getting crowded in goal and James Reimer deserves to stay based on his play.
27. FLORIDA PANTHERS
Record: 18-20-2 (38 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-4-2

Interestingly, general manager Dale Tallon says he's not looking to deal goaltender Tomas Vokoun at the trade deadline.
28. OTTAWA SENATORS
Record: 16-20-6 (38 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-4-3

They played hard on the weekend, but just can’t get the results. With Jason Spezza already out, Mike Fisher got banged up Saturday. Can’t afford to lose him, too.
29. EDMONTON OILERS
Record: 13-20-7 (33 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-6-2

There have been nights when Tom Renney has questioned the effort of too many of his players, but the future is still bright with Hall and Eberle.
30. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Record: 11-29-2 (24 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-8-0

Martin Brodeur finally had a couple of good appearances on the weekend, but the dismantling of that roster has only just begun with the Langenbrunner trade.


Canadian 6

1. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Record: 27-8-6 (60 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-0-2

Were that close to knocking off the Red Wings on the weekend. No regulation losses since early December is very impressive. Daniel Sedin first star of the week.
2. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Record: 23-16-3 (49 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-5-1

Managed a huge comeback win over the Bruins on Saturday. Losing Markov and Gorges on the blue-line is tough.
3. CALGARY FLAMES
Record: 18-20-4 (40 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-5-1

Seven points out of a playoff spot, they desperately need to get on an extended roll now.
4. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Record: 16-20-4 (36 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-6-0

Brian Burke says he wants to deal for players, not draft picks.
5. OTTAWA SENATORS
Record: 16-20-6 (38 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-4-3

It appears Pascal Leclaire is out at least another week.
6. EDMONTON OILERS
Record: 13-20-7 (33 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-6-2

On the road for four more game this week, so it doesn’t get any easier ... just warmer.