1-Ottawa Sniper Marian Hossa has an outside shot at his first 50 goal season.
2-Detroit The Wings have 2 of the best young prospects in the NHL in Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
3-Dallas The Stars have not been the same team since winger Bill Guerin and goaltender Marty Turco went down with injuries.
4-Vancouver Foot soldiers like Trevor Linden, Matt Cooke and Trent Klatt have been solid contributors for the Canucks.
5-New Jersey With 21 goals and a team leading plus 20 plus-minus rating, speedy Jeff Friesen has had a strong season for the Devils.
6-Colorado Bryan Marchment and Bates Battaglia will provide grit and muscle for an Avalanche team that can really use it.
7-Philadelphia Tony Amonte has fit in well and played excellent offensive hockey in his first 5 games with the Flyers.
8-Minnesota The no-name Wild continue to be the biggest surprise in the NHL this season.
9-St. Louis The Blues are a team that is blessed with a lot of talent everywhere but in goal.
10-Tampa Bay With a red-hot goaltender in Nikolai Khabibulin and some highly skilled players like LeCavalier, Prospal and Richards, the Lightning are a squad that most teams would like to avoid in the first round of the Playoffs.
11-Toronto With 6 goals in his first 7 games Owen Nolan has been the top gun on offense for the struggling Leafs.
12-Anaheim Five out of Peter Sykora.s team leading 32 goals have been game winners.
13-Edmonton The Oilers may not be the most talented team in the NHL but they come to play every night.
14-Washington Sergei Berezin has given the Caps a boost on offense since coming over from the Blackhawks at the trade deadline.
15-NY Islanders The Islanders think defenseman Roman Hamrlik, Janne Niinimaa, Adrian Aucoin and Kenny Jonsson are as good as any foursome in the League.
16-Boston Hard working Mike Knuble has had a career year for the Bruins.
17-NY Rangers With a 2.30 goals against average, 5 shutouts and a .922 save percentage, Mike Dunham has been the main man between the pipes for the charging Rangers.
18-Montreal It.s hard to believe that a team this devoid of talent can still be in the race for a Playoff spot.