As the NHL enters Christmas week, an overcrowded Eastern Conference cellar and a tight Western Conference playoff race continues to mix up the power rankings.
A few teams, though, are taking the holidays "by the antlers", as Home Depot would say, and moving on up the standings on their own. Pittsburgh's incredible winning streak might've just been ended by back-to-back losses, but the Flyers, Hurricanes, Avalanche, and Canucks have taken their places among the hottest teams in the NHL.
Meanwhile, Washington, of all teams, has just ended an incredible eight-game losing skid and they are joined by Columbus, and, as usual, the Devils and Islanders as a few teams that need to get their act together.
Players are also going in opposite directions as the weather turns snowy in many places. Whether they're anxious for their gifts or looking forward to the Winter Classic, many stars are becoming more and more streaky. For this reason, as we break down each team one by one, we'll also point out "Who's Hot?" and "Who's Not?" for each top ten squad.
With that extra twist, we'll head into another confusing, complicated edition of NHL power rankings. Each of the top ten teams will be listed with several paragraphs of insight, while the teams ranked 11th to 30th will be grouped into tiers.
Note: Pt % means points percentage, or average points in the standings earned per game. Since the number of games played varies so greatly from team to team, the standings can often be skewed. This is a better indicator when judging teams mid-season.