HELENE ELLIOTT'S NHL RANKINGS, COMMENTS
(7-0-1-0)Team defense, Stillman (six goals) and an unbeaten record.
(8-2-2-0)Riding 6-0-2 streak; Bertuzzi scores first goal in 11 games.
3 NEW JERSEY
(5-3-2-0)Gomez, Friesen awaken during 4-1 surge.
(5-2-3-1)Goalie Esche wins three in a row in battle for No. 1 job.
(5-3-1-1)Rare frustration in 0-2-1 stretch.
6 ST. LOUIS
(6-3-0-1)Weight, Tkachuk combine for seven goals in 5-2 push.
(7-4-1-0)Guerin (six goals in last three) hot; Turco steadies.
(5-3-3-1)Faltering after great start but still scrapping.
(5-5-3-0) Sullivan, Calder fuel 4-1-3 surge. Leighton looks good.
(6-5-1-0Drury, Satan, Pyatt give Sabres hope in 4-1-1 run.
(6-2-2-2) Surprisingly good work by Raycroft, Potvin.
(6-5-0-0)Erratic before Kariya (wrist) and Forsberg (groin) were hurt.
(5-6-1-0)Repeating last season in 4-1 surge. Gaborik back tonight.
14 N.Y. ISLANDERS
(6-3-2-0) Offense is streaky, but they're tenacious.
15 N.Y. RANGERS
(4-3-2-1)Points in seven of eight games. Almost earning salaries.
(5-6-1-0)Hasek, Cujo have groin pulls. What's defense's excuse?
(5-5-0-0)Goaltending must be better for them to compete.
(3-4-3-0)Lemieux (muscle pull) might sit out next few games.
(5-4-2-1)Lost three of four, two of them stinkers at home.
(4-7-1-1)Scoring woes are baffling. Goaltending not great either.
(4-6-2-0)Haven't won two straight yet. Defense spotty.
(4-6-1-0)Win over Detroit the exception, not a rule.
(6-6-0-0) Shut out twice in last four, three times in last eight.
(4-5-1-0)Giving up too many goals, considering popgun offense.
(5-4-0-1)Return of Reinprecht (shoulder) should add scoring punch.
(2-5-4-0) Goals scarce in losing three straight.
27 SAN JOSE
(2-5-5-0)Scoring picking up after slow start.
(3-5-3-0)Defense, goaltending shaky in 0-5-3 slump.
(2-8-1-0)Gonchar, GM McPhee could be gone before swoon ends.
(3-7-0-1)Outscored, 24-11, in losing seven straight.