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NHL TOP TO BOTTOM

Team (Record) Comment

1. Philadelphia (33-17-11-1) Flyers 4-0 with Craig Ramsay.

2. St. Louis (40-16-6-0) Gained steam in 13-3 stretch.

3. Washington (32-21-10-1) Playoff power on 18-4-3 run.

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4. Toronto (33-22-7-3) Steadier in winning last three.

5. Detroit (38-20-6-1) Defense may need help.

6. New Jersey (37-19-7-5) Brodeur primed for playoffs.

7. Dallas (34-23-6-3) Going on guts, smarts.

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8. Ottawa (30-22-10-2) Alfredsson leads 4-2-1 surge.

9. Kings (30-25-7-3) Zeroing in on sixth in West.

10. Florida (34-25-4-5) Offense stale in 1-5 slump.

11. Edmonton (24-25-15-8) Tops Northwest after 7-3-2 push.

12. Phoenix (32-23-7-1) Power play blanked in 0-3-1 skid.

13. San Jose (26-30-8-7) Damphousse, offense revive.

14. Colorado (28-26-10-1) Will miss Gusarov (broken leg).

15. N.Y. Rangers (26-29-9-3) Fleury scores power-play goal!

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16. Mighty Ducks (26-27-10-1) No chance without sharp Hebert.

17. Calgary (26-30-7-5) 3-1-1 and still hoping for playoffs.

18. Montreal (25-30-7-3) Shut out twice after 7-0 spree.

19. Boston (19-26-17-4) No direction in 3-7-4 slide.

20. Vancouver (21-30-11-6) Messier leads 4-1-1 push.

21. Pittsburgh (26-29-8-6) 0-3-2 without Jagr (thigh bruise).

22. Buffalo (26-29-9-2) Hasek gives up 12 in last three.

23. Carolina (26-28-9-0) Still in East hunt but wobbly.

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24. Chicago (22-33-7-2) Beat Stars, Blues back to back.

25. Nashville (22-34-6-5) Trying hard but no depth.

26. Tampa Bay (15-39-7-6) Break ‘em up after 3-1 outburst.

27. N.Y. Islanders (17-39-7-1) Once-great franchise nearing bottom.

28. Atlanta (12-43-6-4) One win in February.

Through Monday’s games

GAME OF THE WEEK

NEW JERSEY AT COLORADO

When--Thursday. Time--6 p.m. TV--ESPN2.

* Story line--They may top their conferences in sheer talent, but the Devils and Avalanche have been slumping. New Jersey’s offense dried up in an 0-4-1 streak, producing only seven goals in the four losses. However, the Devils ended their drought with a 3-0 victory over Montreal on Sunday and goalie Martin Brodeur earned his league-leading 35th victory. Colorado’s Patrick Roy is 14 victories from matching career leader Terry Sawchuk’s 447, but he’s 0-1-1 since returning from a groin injury and 2-4-2 since Feb. 3. The Avalanche is in an 0-3-1 slide in which neither Joe Sakic nor Peter Forsberg has a goal.


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