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Vladimir Sobotka, middle, and the St. Louis Blues have soared to the top of the NHL power rankings. ((Elsa/Getty Images))

Top 6

1. ST. LOUIS BLUES
Record: 9-1-2 (20 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-1-2

Goaltending and defensive play is amazing.
2. LOS ANGELES KINGS
Record: 10-3-0 (20 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-2-0

Need to decide immediate future of Schenn and Clifford.
3. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Record: 8-3-2 (18 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-2-1

Impressive win over Detroit. Starting to get healthy again.
4. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Record: 10-4-0 (20 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-3-0

Struggling power play produced against the Flyers.
5. DETROIT RED WINGS
Record: 8-3-1 (17 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Have won six of their last eight. Datsyuk is playing well.
6. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Record: 9-4-2 (20 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-2-1

Bobrovsky has been a big story in goal.


Bottom 6

25. NASHVILLE PREDATORS
Record: 5-5-3 (13 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-5-3

Have fallen fast, losers of five straight.
26. EDMONTON OILERS
Record: 4-6-2 (10 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-6-2

Half their wins have come against the Stanley Cup champions.
27. BUFFALO SABRES
Record: 4-9-2 (10 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-6-1

A win over the Leafs doesn't change anything.
28. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Record: 5-5-3 (13 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-5-3

Already clinging to moral victories.
29. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Record: 3-10-1 (9 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-7-0

Return of Volchenkov will help.
30. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Record: 4-8-2 (10 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-7-0

Rumours abound that Gordon's time is short.


Canadian 6

1. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Record: 8-3-2 (18 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-2-1

Start a long road trip Tuesday in Montreal.
2. OTTAWA SENATORS
Record: 7-6-1 (15 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-4-0

Spezza has helped the offence. Elliott terrific in goal.
3. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Record: 8-5-1 (17 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-4-0

Need to be more than a one-line team.
4. CALGARY FLAMES
Record: 6-7-0 (12 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-5-0

Best of the rest isn't saying much.
5. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Record: 5-5-3 (13 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-5-3

Ron Wilson’s job is safe and it should be.
6. EDMONTON OILERS
Record: 4-6-2 (10 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-6-2

Points in four of their last six games.