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

1. NEW JERSEY DEVILS [up from 3]
Record: 31-11-1 (63 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-3-0

They are great defensively and are tied for league-lead in wins.
2. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS [unchanged]
Record: 31-11-4 (66 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-2-1

Had a forgettable weekend, but otherwise looking good.
3. SAN JOSE SHARKS [down from 1]
Record: 29-10-7 (65 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-2-0

Couldn’t get it done against the Red Wings.
4. BUFFALO SABRES [unchanged]
Record: 28-11-5 (61 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-1-2

Just one loss in regulation in their past 10.
5. CALGARY FLAMES [up from 6]
Record: 26-14-6 (58 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Chewed out by their coach, responded well against the Canucks.
6. VANCOUVER CANUCKS [up from 8]
Record: 27-17-2 (56 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-1-2

Henrik is the league's MVP as of today.
7. WASHINGTON CAPITALS [up from 9]
Record: 27-11-6 (60 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-4-0

Offence is firing big time.
8. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS [up from 10]
Record: 28-18-1 (57 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-7-0

Return of Gonchar will make a big difference.
9. PHOENIX COYOTES [up from 11]
Record: 26-15-5 (57 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-2-3

Still managing to get points.
10. COLORADO AVALANCHE [down from 5]
Record: 26-15-6 (58 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-4-0

Big win over the Sabres.
11. DETROIT RED WINGS [up from 14]
Record: 23-15-6 (52 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-4-1

Jimmy Howard’s getting it done in goal.
12. NASHVILLE PREDATORS [down from 7]
Record: 27-16-3 (57 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-5-0

Playing well on the road.
13. MONTREAL CANADIENS [up from 16]
Record: 22-21-4 (48 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Goaltending has had to be terrific.
14. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS [up from 22]
Record: 22-19-3 (47 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-2-1

Leighton has been terrific in goal.
15. BOSTON BRUINS [down from 12]
Record: 22-15-7 (51 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-4-0

No Bergeron, no Savard a real challenge.
16. NEW YORK RANGERS [up from 17]
Record: 22-17-6 (50 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-1-3

Finding a way to get the points.
17. LOS ANGELES KINGS [down from 13]
Record: 25-18-3 (53 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-7-0

Just barely hanging on to eighth.
18. MINNESOTA WILD [up from 19]
Record: 23-20-3 (49 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-4-0

Huge comeback against the Blackhawks.
19. ANAHEIM DUCKS [up from 24]
Record: 20-19-7 (47 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-5-0

Return of Selanne will help.
20. DALLAS STARS [down from 18]
Record: 19-15-11 (49 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-6-0

Just an average team.
21. OTTAWA SENATORS [down from 15]
Record: 22-20-4 (48 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-6-0

Injuries have dried up the offence.
22. NEW YORK ISLANDERS [down from 21]
Record: 19-19-8 (46 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Almost blew a gift from the Coyotes.
23. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING [down from 20]
Record: 17-17-10 (44 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Tried Vinny with St. Louis and Stamkos.
24. FLORIDA PANTHERS [down from 23]
Record: 18-20-7 (43 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-4-0

Have to be better at home.
25. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS [up from 27]
Record: 18-20-9 (45 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-4-2

Did they just save Hitchcock’s job?
26. ST. LOUIS BLUES [down from 25]
Record: 18-19-7 (43 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-5-2

New coach gets his first win.
27. ATLANTA THRASHERS [up from 28]
Record: 19-19-6 (44 pts)
Last 10 games: 1-6-3

They are in a free fall.
28. CAROLINA HURRICANES [up from 29]
Record: 13-24-7 (33 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-4-1

Starting to play better despite mounting injuries.
29. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS [down from 26]
Record: 15-22-9 (39 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-6-2

Their penalty killing is embarrassingly bad.
30. EDMONTON OILERS [unchanged]
Record: 16-23-5 (37 pts)
Last 10 games: 1-8-1

Brutal at home.