Nashville Predators The Predators squeaked out a pair of shootout wins, but blowing a 4-1 lead to the lowly Leafs has to hurt.
Last week: No. 18 Record: 7-9-3
Atlanta Thrashers The Thrashers are still searching for consistency, as they followed up an impressive 5-1 win over Minnesota by giving up 10 goals in back-to-back losses to Pittsburgh and Washington.
Last week: No. 29 Record: 7-10-3
Buffalo Sabres Signs of life for the Sabres, who went 3-0-1 this week to snap out of their slump. They had to work extra hard for those points though, with all four games going to overtime.
Last week: No. 23 Record: 9-9
Carolina Hurricanes The Hurricanes were the ones getting blown out this week, losing 8-1 to Philadelphia and 7-2 to Montreal in back-to-back games.
Last week: No. 26 Record: 8-8
Florida Panthers Dennis Wideman returns to Boston on Thursday with 10 points and a plus-1 rating in 15 games, but the Panthers are still under .500.
Last week: No. 21 Record: 7-10
Calgary Flames Things are looking pretty bleak north of the boarder right now. But at least the Flames are staying out of trouble off the ice. Wait, Brett Sutter did what?
Last week: No. 28 Record: 4-10-3
Edmonton Oilers The Oilers have lost four straight games by a combined 25-8 count. Looks like the Oilers and Leafs will be battling for the top pick in the lottery for a second straight year. You know, if the Leafs hadn't actually given this year's draft pick to the Bruins, too.
Last week: No. 27 Record: 6-8-3
Toronto Maple Leafs The Leafs rallied for a 5-4 win over Nashville on Tuesday to snap an eight-game losing streak, but still have lost 11 of 13 since a 4-0-0 start.
Last week: No. 30 Record: 5-11-2
New Jersey Devils The Devils did win one of three games this week, but needing overtime to get by Edmonton isn't really anything to brag about.
Last week: No. 25 Record: 4-11-3
New York Islanders A 10-game losing streak cost former Providence Bruins coach Scott Gordon his job behind the Isles bench, but management and ownership should shoulder the bulk of the blame for the team's pathetic performance this year.