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Top 10 : CAPSULES AND RANKINGS

Times Staff Writer

1. Philadelphia (23-12-3)

A 13-game unbeaten streak (11-0-2) speaks for itself, and the Flyers and Colorado have caught Florida for most points in the league.

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2. New York (20-15-5)

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Its 13-2-1 run includes an ugly loss to Ottawa, but goalie Mike Richter is unbeaten in 13 games and Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch are thriving.

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3. Colorado (22-10-5)

Peter Forsberg’s leg injury will keep him out until after the All-Star break, the latest update says, and that’s cause for concern.

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4. Dallas (22-13-3)

How is it that three of the Stars’ 13 losses are against San Jose? Colorado was a goal better on Sunday, and the Rangers were a goal better Monday.

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5. Pittsburgh (19-15-4)

Penguins once had the worst record in the league, but a 10-2-1 run has them closing in on first place. A 2-0 shutout of Buffalo was key. Much depends on rookie goalie Patrick Lalime.

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6. New Jersey (20-12-3)

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A seven-game unbeaten streak was broken by the Islanders, 4-1, the day after Christmas. “Too much turkey,” Coach Jacques Lemaire said, but the Devils have still lost only once in nine games.

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7. Detroit (20-12-6)

Sergei Fedorov scored five goals against Washington. Will it be time for the Fedorov detractors to be quiet soon?

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8. Florida (20-9-9)

The Panthers are winless in their last three and in a 3-5-2 slump that includes a loss to Ottawa. Goalie John Vanbiesbrouck hasn’t had his characteristic sharpness and was pulled in some recent losses.

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9. Buffalo (19-15-3)

Goaltender Dominik Hasek was spectacular in a 0-0 tie against New Jersey last week and beat Hartford, 5-1, before losing to Pittsburgh, 2-0.

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10. Phoenix (17-17-4)

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Its big climb in the standings is worth noting. Coyotes have won seven of nine to reach .500 and beat Detroit, 5-3, Monday.

GAME OF THE WEEK

PHILADELPHIA at COLORADO

* When: Saturday. Time: 6 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN2.

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* Storyline: If the high-flying Flyers avoid stumbling against Vancouver tonight or San Jose on Thursday, they’ll take a 15-game unbeaten streak into their game against the defending Stanley Cup champions. This is the first game of a triple-whammy for the Avalanche, whose next two after this matchup will be on the road against the Rangers and New Jersey Devils.


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