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The Canucks will have to do without Manny Malhotra (centre)and Dan Hamhuis (2) as both players are out with injuries. ((Rich Lam/Getty Images))

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. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Record: 50-17-9 (109 pts)
Last 10 games: 9-1-0

Loss of Malhotra and Hamhuis will have an impact.
2. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Record: 45-23-8 (98 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-2-0

Very impressive how they’ve survived the key injuries.
3. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Record: 44-22-10 (98 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-2-0

Ovie expected back soon, Boudreau has nothing to swear about.
4. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Record: 45-20-10 (100 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-1-4

Everyone seems to be doubting the goaltending.
5. SAN JOSE SHARKS
Record: 44-23-9 (97 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-1-3

Niemi has to carry a huge workload.
6. DETROIT RED WINGS
Record: 44-22-10 (98 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-3-2

Good news with Howard’s injury not serious.


Bottom 6

25.OTTAWA SENATORS
Record: 29-37-10 (68 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Anderson’s play is messing up the draft plans.
26.MINNESOTA WILD
Record: 35-32-8 (78 pts)
Last 10 games: 1-7-2

Tonnes of speculation about the future of coach Todd Richards.
27. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Record: 29-35-12 (70 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-3-3

Wise move not throwing Gillies into the lineup Saturday.
28. FLORIDA PANTHERS
Record: 29-36-11 (69 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-5-2

It’s all about building through the draft.
29. COLORADO AVALANCHE
Record: 28-38-8 (64 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-8-0

Joe Sakic will make a nice front office addition.
30. EDMONTON OILERS
Record: 23-41-11 (54 pts)
Last 10 games: 1-6-3

Monumental collapse against the Flames on the weekend.


Canadian 6

1. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Record: 50-17-9 (109 pts)
Last 10 games: 9-1-0

The injuries will test their depth.
2. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Record: 40-29-7 (87 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-6-0

Three consecutive goal-less games is scary.
3. CALGARY FLAMES
Record: 38-28-11 (87 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-4-2

Kept their faint hopes alive, salvaging a dud against the Oilers.
4. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Record: 34-32-10 (78 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-4-1

Have put the pressure on the Sabres, but Buffalo has responded.
5.OTTAWA SENATORS
Record: 29-37-10 (68 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Big decision is whether Bryan Murray will return as GM.
6. EDMONTON OILERS
Record: 23-41-11 (54 pts)
Last 10 games: 1-6-3

The good news is the end is near.