14. Minnesota Wild
Previous: No. 15
When you have a chance to gain ground on your closest postseason competitor, you don’t allow six goals to that team. Minnesota achieved this Saturday, giving up six to Dallas. Not helpful was the Wild getting clocked in faceoff percentage, 67-33.
13. Colorado Avalanche
Previous: No. 9
Colorado has been brought down a bit from its wild winning ways, most recently falling 3-0 to Central Division foe Winnipeg. The Avs will be busy with the Pacific Division this month — specifically Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary, whom Colorado will play twice each.
12. Pittsburgh Penguins
Previous: No. 18
The Pens continued to be abysmal on the road Saturday, falling at New Jersey 3-1. The Devils are having a good year, but the fact the reigning Stanley Cup champions are in a playoff position while 10-15-2 away from home is just a weird look.
11. New Jersey Devils
Previous: No. 11
The Devils have won three in a row after cooling off and briefly sliding into the wild-card discussion. New Jersey could bear to find some more offense, having a plus-3 goal differential despite allowing fewer than three goals per contest.
10. San Jose Sharks
Previous: No. 14
The Sharks are a very similar team to the Kings as far as numbers go, with one key difference: San Jose managed to get a point out of three more games than L.A. did. But the Sharks have also won their last two games, while gaining points in eight of their previous 10.
9. Washington Capitals
Previous: No. 6
The Metropolitan Division may be highly competitive, but its teams are suddenly losing quite a bit as well. The Caps are still atop the Metro, but have five fewer points than Toronto, which sits third in the Atlantic. Washington is just 4-4-2 in its last 10, most recently falling to Vegas by a goal.