Through games of 12/27/2010
2. (2) Vancouver (21-8-5): The Canucks’ top three scorers were drafted by the team: Henrik Sedin (3rd overall in 1999) is second with 44 points (8-36-44). Daniel Sedin (2nd overall in 1999) leads the Canucks in scoring with 43 points (18-25-43), while Ryan Kesler (23rd overall in 2003) has 31 points (17-14-31) and leads the team in game- winning goals (4).
4. (3) Detroit (23-9-4): In the Red Wings’ 4-3 overtime win over Colorado, Chris Osgood became just the 10h goalie in history to win 400 games. He also tied his career high with 46 saves. Congrats Ozzie – could not happen to a better guy.
5. (10) Tampa Bay (21-10-5): Tampa is one of four teams with at least 10 wins both at home and on the road (Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Detroit are the others).
6. (5) Dallas (21-11-4): The Stars are 10-1-3 in their last 14 home games and are 14-3-4 in one-goal games.
8. (15) Washington (21-12-5):Thirteen different players have scored for the Capitals in their last six games.
9. (13) Boston (19-11-4): Shawn Thornton opened Thursday’s game with a fight two seconds in, then followed it with a pair of goals to give him a career-high seven.
11. (7) Colorado (19-12-5): Kevin Shattenkirk leads all rookie defensemen with 19 points (5-14-19) in 25 games.
12. (17) Chicago (20-14-3): The Blackhawks lead the NHL with a 25 percent success rate on the power play.
14. (14) New York Rangers (21-14-2): The Rangers are a tough team to playa against, leading the league with 1,010 hits and third in the leagur with 571 blocked shots.
16. (9) Atlanta (19-13-6): The Thrashers are one of two Eastern Conference teams with five 10-goal scorers: Dustin Byfuglien (13), Andrew Ladd (12), Evander Kane (11), Anthony Stewart (10) and Bryan Little (10).
17. (6) Nashville (17-12-6): Pekka Rinne has posted a 1.45 goals against average and a .944 save percentage in his last 10 starts.
19. (22) Columbus (18-15-3): The Blue Jackets need to be much better on the power play, as they rank 29th with a 12.2 success rate.
20. (19) Minnesota (16-14-5): Brent Burns is second among NHL defenseman with 10 goals.
23. (23) Florida (16-17-1): Chris Higgins needs three goals for 100 in his career.
24. (26) Ottawa (16-17-4): Jason Spezza may be out up to eight weeks with a shoulder injury.
26. (27) Buffalo (14-18-4): Ryan Miller’s next win will be the 200th of his career.
27. (25) Edmonton (12-16-6): The Oilers have not lost in regulation (5-0-2) when leading after the first period.
28. (28) Toronto (13-17-4): Mikhail Grabovski has scored a goal in seven of his last nine games. He is currently on a five-game point streak with six points (4-2-6) during that span.
29. (30) New York Islanders (9-19-6): Islanders won three straight before a 7-2 loss to the Rangers on Monday.
30. (29) New Jersey (9-24-2): Five straight losses and a league-worst minus-51 goal differential. Wow … minus-51. The dismantling begins with Brian Rolston being shipped to Albany.
(Steve Kendall is a freelance writer who has covered hockey for nearly 20 years for publications such as The Boston Herald, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, and New England Hockey Journal.)