The Avs and the Rangers fly up the charts. Our totally subjective and weekly ranking of the league's 30 clubs:
1. Detroit Red Wings. Didn't miss a beat with Chris Osgood in net.
2. Ottawa Senators. Going to be a very good team for a very long time.
3. Carolina Hurricanes. Offensive juggernaut - lead NHL with 58 goals.
4. Colorado Avalanche. Jose Theodore's rebirth?
5. New York Rangers. They're back.
6. Minnesota Wild. Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Mikko Koivu have come of age.
7. Columbus Blue Jackets. Fewest goals allowed in the NHL.
8. Montreal Canadiens. Chris Higgins is a big-time star and still getting better.
9. San Jose Sharks. Sandis Ozolinsh gets a second chance.
10. Pittsburgh Penguins. Is Danny Sabourin the man?
11. Philadelphia Flyers. Goon team or not?
12. Calgary Flames. Jarome Iginla in vintage form.
13. Anaheim Ducks. Dropping the gloves again this season.
14. Boston Bruins. Tim Thomas on fire!
15. Buffalo Sabres. That's a frustrated bunch in that dressing room right now.
16. New York Islanders. Al Arbour with a perfect coaching record this season.
17. Dallas Stars. Mike Modano remains in a funk.
18. St. Louis Blues. Doug Weight has three points in 13 games.
19. Vancouver Canucks. Maybe these guys overachieved last season?
20. New Jersey Devils. Something's not right when checkers Jay Pandolfo and John Madden are doing the scoring.
21. Toronto Maple Leafs. Welcome back Kyle Wellwood, the Leafs need you.
22. Nashville Predators. Showing signs of life.
23. Chicago Blackhawks. Martin Havlat on the mend.
24. Los Angeles Kings. Jason LaBarbera reclaims the No. 1 job.
25. Florida Panthers. Fourth-best PP in the NHL.
26. Tampa Bay Lightning. The GM insists the coach's job is safe.
27. Washington Capitals. Hit hard by injuries.
28. Phoenix Coyotes. Daniel Carcillo making an impact.
29. Atlanta Thrashers. Getting off the mat.
30. Edmonton Oilers. Most goals allowed in the Western Conference.