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Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown, centre, shows off his pearly whites after a goal Saturday and why shouldn't he smile? The Kings have won eight of their last 10. ((Mark J. Terrill/Associated Press))

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. LOS ANGELES KINGS
Record: 12-3-0 (24 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-2-0

Have allowed the fewest goals against.
2. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Record: 13-4-1 (27 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-1-1

Getting offence from the back end.
3. DETROIT RED WINGS
Record: 11-3-1 (23 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-2-0

Lidstrom having another terrific year.
4. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Record: 11-4-2 (24 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-1-1

Holmgren has done a great job locking up his talent.
5. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Record: 10-4-2 (22 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-1-1

The Sedins are inching up the scoring leaderboard.
6. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Record: 11-5-1 (23 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-3-0

Loss of Markov will hurt, but they're getting used to it.


Bottom 6

25. CAROLINA HURRICANES
Record: 8-9-0 (16 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-6-0

Have given up seven or more in three of their past five games.
26. CALGARY FLAMES
Record: 7-9-0 (14 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-6-0

They've lost six of their last seven.
27. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Record: 5-10-2 (12 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-6-1

Another wacky week for Kovalchuk.
28. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Record: 5-8-3 (13 pts)
Last 10 games: 1-7-2

Played better against the Canucks, but still blew a lead and lost.
29. EDMONTON OILERS
Record: 4-9-3 (11 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-5-3

Have given up 25 goals in the past four losses.
30. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Record: 4-8-2 (10 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-7-0

A coaching change won't fix this mess.


Canadian 6

1. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Record: 10-4-2 (22 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-1-1

One-two punch in goal will help this year.
2. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Record: 11-5-1 (23 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-3-0

Price was the first star of the week.
3. OTTAWA SENATORS
Record: 9-7-1 (19 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-3-0

They have to ride Elliott in goal.
4. CALGARY FLAMES
Record: 7-9-0 (14 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-6-0

Sutter says team is not playing smart.
5. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Record: 5-8-3 (13 pts)
Last 10 games: 1-7-2

Kadri played well in his debut, but they need much more.
6. EDMONTON OILERS
Record: 4-9-3 (11 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-5-3

They've been hanging Khabibulin out.