As the All-Star break approaches, one would expect the NHL contenders and pretenders are separating themselves into neat little piles. One would be wrong.
There are certainly teams at the top and bottom of the league, clubs who are sure Stanley Cup contenders and others who should be starting to think about who they want to trade away at the deadline, but the majority of teams live in the mushy middle.
As of Sunday night, 18 teams were within six points of the playoff bubble for better or worse.
That makes the power rankings a real challenge, but fortunately I have help. While I'll be your host as we go through the happenings of the last week, the rankings that follow aren't solely based on my assessment. Instead, we've assembled the usual panel of Bleacher Report hockey writers—Adrian Dater, Steve Macfarlane, Allan Mitchell, Lyle Richardson, Carol Schram and yours truly—and had everyone submit their own lists, which we then used to calculate an average ranking for each team.
Read on to see where your team ranks.