NHL top 10 teams as of Jan. 4th, 2010. This list is not based strictly off of the NHL points leaders. It is a combination of points, recent game play, and consistency. Do not be discouraged by the picture. I can assure you the Flyers did not make this list. Maybe I will do a bottom 10 rankings to include the Broad Street Bust.
Zach Parise may not be scoring as many goals as he would like, however it is not slowing down the red hot Devils at all. They are only 2 points behind first in the entire league with two less games played.
Patrick Kane is really heating up as the Blackhawks are playing some of their best hockey of the year. They have 8 wins in their last 10 and lead the league in points.
The Sharks saw their recent 8 game winning steak come to a dead stop on Monday getting blown out by division rival LA Kings. This should be just a minor speed bump and the Sharks should continue to roll.
Ryan Miller is off to one of his best seasons ever. This is good news for both the Buffalo Sabres and Team USA. Buffalo leads the Northeast by 7 points.
Leaders of the Southeast Division, the Capitals continue to play consistent hockey. They keep finding ways to win as demonstrated earlier in the season when they went some games without Alex Man-child Ovechkin.
With one of the youngest offenses in the league, the Avalanche seem to be turning heads every night they play. It also does not hurt having a stellar goaltender in Craig Anderson.
Without a doubt one of the biggest surprises from the beginning of year. They are second in the Pacific.
The Predators are stirring up the Central. They trail Chicago by 8 pts, but many did not expect them to be in second place by this time of the year.
Look for the Flames to continue playing strong. Also look for greater performances out of Dion Phaneuf and Jay Bouwmeester. Two of the leagues greater blue liners were recently snubbed by Team Canada. They will most likely try to show Canada what it is missing.
The LA Kings made a statement on Monday night completely dismantling the division leading San Jose Sharks. Drew Doughty helped their cause the most. Recently selected by Team Canada, he racked up 4 assists in the victory.