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

1. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS [up from 3]
Record: 26-9-3 (55 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-2

Impressive weekend wins over the Predators.
2. WASHINGTON CAPITALS [up from 4]
Record: 24-8-6 (54 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-3-0

Ovie has just two PIMs since returning from his suspension.
3. SAN JOSE SHARKS [up from 5]
Record: 23-8-7 (53 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-2-3

Have their act together again.
4. NEW JERSEY DEVILS [down from 1]
Record: 26-9-1 (53 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-2

Had a rare off night against the Caps.
5. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS [down from 2]
Record: 26-12-1 (53 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Sloppy effort against the Maple Leafs.
6. BUFFALO SABRES [unchanged]
Record: 23-10-4 (49 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-2-2

Won a game without Miller in goal.
7. VANCOUVER CANUCKS [up from 13]
Record: 23-16-0 (46 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-3

Made the most of the homestand, spanked the Flames.
8. BOSTON BRUINS [up from 14]
Record: 19-11-7 (45 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-3-2

Lucic is skating again, team’s playing well.
9. COLORADO AVALANCHE [up from 11]
Record: 22-11-6 (50 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-3

Finally had a sellout on the weekend.
10. PHOENIX COYOTES [up from 10]
Record: 24-13-2 (50 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-2-1

Big test Monday against the Sharks.
11. LOS ANGELES KINGS [down from 8]
Record: 22-13-3 (47 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Got Smyth and Simmonds back, lost Williams.
12. NASHVILLE PREDATORS [down from 7]
Record: 22-14-3 (47 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Tough weekend with back-to-back losses to Chicago.
13. CALGARY FLAMES [down from 10]
Record: 20-12-5 (45 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-5-2

They are sputtering again.
14. DETROIT RED WINGS [down from 12]
Record: 19-14-5 (43 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-4

Return of Franzen will help the offence.
15. MONTREAL CANADIENS [up from 22]
Record: 19-18-3 (41 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-4-1

Halak has been outstanding.
16. OTTAWA SENATORS [up from 18]
Record: 19-15-4 (42 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-5-0

Injuries mounting, now Alfie is gone.
17. MINNESOTA WILD [unchanged]
Record: 19-16-3 (41 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-4-0

Equipment issues seem forgotten.
18. DALLAS STARS [down from 16]
Record: 16-11-11 (43 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-3-4

Can’t seem to get on a big roll.
19. FLORIDA PANTHERS [unchanged]
Record: 16-17-7 (39 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-4-1

Stumbled a bit on the weekend.
20. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS [up from 29]
Record: 18-18-2 (32 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-5-1

Back from the dead, won three straight.
21. NEW YORK RANGERS [down from 20]
Record: 18-16-4 (40 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-3-3

Showing some signs of improvement.
22. ST. LOUIS BLUES [up from 21]
Record: 17-16-5 (39 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-5

Just can’t win at home.
23. ANAHEIM DUCKS [unchanged]
Record: 15-16-7 (37 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-3-2

Big scare when Getzlaf went down.
24. ATLANTA THRASHERS [down from 15]
Record: 18-15-4 (40 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-6-1

Will Kovalchuk become a distraction?
25. NEW YORK ISLANDERS [up from 26]
Record: 15-18-7 (37 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-6-0

May soon have a goalie to deal.
26. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING [down from 24]
Record: 14-15-9 (37 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-6-1

Should they deal Vinny?
27. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS [down from 25]
Record: 14-17-9 (37 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-4-2

Nice win over Pens, but defensive play is poor.
28. EDMONTON OILERS [unchanged]
Record: 15-19-4 (34 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-6

The freefall continues, six and counting.
29. CAROLINA HURRICANES [up from 30]
Record: 9-22-7 (25 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-5-2

Just because the Jackets are that bad right now.
30. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS [down from 27]
Record: 14-18-7 (35 pts)
Last 10 games: 1-7-2

Can’t win at home, can’t win on the road. Where to turn?