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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. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS
Record: 22-8-5 (49 pts)
Last 10 games: 7-2-1

Notwithstanding the lopsided loss to the Panthers.
2. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS
Record: 22-10-2 (46 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-2-0

They continue to roll along.
3. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Record: 19-8-4 (42 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-1-1

Kesler has been a force, along with the Sedins.
4. DETROIT RED WINGS
Record: 20-8-4 (44 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-4-2

Have stumbled of late, but still strong.
5. DALLAS STARS
Record: 20-10-3 (43 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-2-2

Crawford has done a terrific job.
6. COLORADO AVALANCHE
Record: 19-10-4 (42 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-1-3

Sacco deserves strong consideration for the Adams.


Bottom 6

25. OTTAWA SENATORS
Record: 14-17-4 (32 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-4-3

Incredibly, Leclaire is hurt again.
26. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Record: 16-13-3 (35 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-5-3

Have been in a free fall.
27. CALGARY FLAMES
Record: 14-17-3 (31 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-5-1

Back to back losses to Wild unacceptable.
28. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Record: 12-17-4 (28 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-6-0

Waffles anyone?
29. NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Record: 9-21-2 (20 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-6-2

Were slapped hard by the Thrashers.
30. NEW YORK ISLANDERS
Record: 6-18-6 (18 pts)
Last 10 games: 2-6-2

what is left to say?


Canadian 6

1. VANCOUVER CANUCKS
Record: 19-8-4 (42 pts)
Last 10 games: 8-1-1

By far the best of the Canuck pack.
2. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Record: 19-12-2 (40 pts)
Last 10 games: 5-4-1

Defensive system key to their success
3. EDMONTON OILERS
Record: 12-14-5 (29 pts)
Last 10 games: 6-3-1

Hey, Renney says the playoffs aren’t out of the question.
4. OTTAWA SENATORS
Record: 14-17-4 (32 pts)
Last 10 games: 3-4-3

Lowest scoring team in the league.
5. CALGARY FLAMES
Record: 14-17-3 (31 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-5-1

They were showing some signs of life.
6. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Record: 12-17-4 (28 pts)
Last 10 games: 4-6-0

Their lineup is riddled with holes.