NHL Rankings for
1-Ottawa The Senators are a very talented team but the play of goaltender Patrick Lalime will be the key to their Playoff chances.
2-Detroit With a team leading 36 goals in 78 games, 38 year old Brett Hull still knows where the net is.
3-Dallas Mike Modano has been very quiet on offense over the course of the last 15 games.
4-Vancouver Defenseman Marek Malik has played solid hockey since coming over from the Hurricanes at mid-season.
5-New Jersey The Devils are hoping that Patrik Elias. 4 goal game against the Islanders on Sunday is a sign of things to come.
6-Colorado Rob Blake has bounced back from a very slow start to play the kind of hockey that everyone expects of him.
7-Philadelphia Veteran Eric Desjardins has had an outstanding season on the backline for the Flyers.
8-St. Louis The Blues have overcome a ton of key injuries to be one of the top teams in the NHL but their shaky goaltending and poor record against the elite teams in the West is a major concern.
9-Tampa Bay Vincent LeCavalier has finally turned his Superstar potential into Superstar performance.
10-Toronto Despite a very talented group of players, the Leafs have been a very erratic team this season.
11-Minnesota Hard working Wes Walz has been the Wild.s most underrated player this season.
12-Anaheim The Mighty Ducks have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2002-2003 season.
13-Edmonton Winger Radek Dvorak and defenseman Cory Cross have both been big-time contributors since coming over from the Rangers at the trade deadline.
14-Washington Outside of a 6 game hot streak in the middle of the season, Jaromir Jagr has been a very ordinary performer for the Capitals this season.
15-Boston Joe Thornton has developed into the cornerstone player and the team leader the Bruins expected he could be when they drafted him number one 3 years ago.
16-NY Islanders After back to back weekend losses to the Leafs and the Devils, the Islanders can feel the Rangers breathing down their necks.
17-NY Rangers If the Rangers don.t make the Playoffs they will look at their poor record against the Leagues worst teams as the reason why.