28. Edmonton Oilers
Previous: No. 26
Just when we thought the Oilers were finding their groove and climbing back into the Western Conference postseason race, they go and lose three games. The most recent was a nailbiting, 2-1 loss to Nashville. Edmonton is suddenly eight points behind Anaheim for fifth in the Pacific alone, and has played more games than everyone in the West except St. Louis and Winnipeg.
27. Ottawa Senators
Previous: No. 28
Despite a shellacking at the hands of the Blackhawks on Tuesday, as well as a 3-5-2 record in their last 10 games, the Sens actually move up a spot based on the incompetency of some of their Canadian brethren. Ottawa is reportedly interested in shopping just about anyone with a no-trade clause as well.
26. Montreal Canadiens
Previous: No. 29
While Carey Price isn’t having one of his typical standout seasons in net, he hasn’t been helped by the Habs producing next to nothing offensively. The team is averaging 2.57 goals per game, which was even helped by putting up five on Vancouver in its most recent outing.