16. San Jose Sharks
Previous: No. 15
Going 6-2-2 in their last 10, the Sharks jumped back into the playoff picture last night with a win. Additionally, they have several games in hand on most teams, as they have only played 43 games thus far this year. They are still very much in the playoff hunt this year.
15. Minnesota Wild
Previous: No. 18
The Wild picked up a big (and rare) road win this past week against the Blackhawks this week and got themselves back in a wild-card spot (before falling out of it again). Going 6-2-2 in their last 10, the Wild may finally be putting it together.
14. Dallas Stars
Previous: No. 10
The Stars lost 4-1 to the streaking Avalanche on Saturday in their first game back from their winter break. They are sitting in the first wild-card spot in the West currently, but certainly have the roster to go on a run and ensure they see the postseason.
13. Colorado Avalanche
Previous: No. 14
I don’t know how this isn’t the story of the season right now in the NHL. The Avalanche are red-hot right now, winners of seven straight and 8-1-1 in their last 10. Could we actually be talking about the Avalanche in the postseason this year? It is way more possible than we ever thought it could be when the year started.
12. Columbus Blue Jackets
Previous: No. 13
Columbus has lost two straight and is 4-5-1 in its last 10. After a decent start to the year, the Jackets are now fighting for the playoffs. While sitting nicely currently in the standings, they are on a downward trend and need to turn things around before they fall further in the standings.