22. Buffalo (24): The Sabres press box won't be the same without longtime Buffalo sportswriter Jim Kelley, who died of cancer last week. 23. Calgary (25): It's good to hear that Harley Hotchkiss will remain involved with the Flames after selling his stake in the team. The Hockey Hall of Fame member was one of the league's most distinguished owners. 24. Edmonton (28): Taylor Hall says he's feeling more comfortable now that the goals have started coming. It's probably not a coincidence the Oilers have started winning.
25. Ottawa (23): Scoring has been tough to come by. Daniel Alfredsson leads the way for the Senators with 18 points - the 80th best total in the league.
26. Carolina (21): GM Jim Rutherford would like to see the team start playing better at home. However, they won't play more than two in a row at RBC Center again until February.
27. Toronto (27): Interesting that it was two shootout wins that pulled them out of a recent nosedive. The tiebreaker hasn't been too kind to the Maple Leafs over the years - they are 22-31 since it was introduced.
28. Florida (26): Currently mired in the league's longest playoff drought, the Panthers aren't one of the franchises the league is concerned about. Says commissioner Gary Bettman: "I think if you look at a team that hasn't made the playoffs - what is it, in 10 years? - I think they draw remarkably well."
29. New Jersey (29): It's looking more and more like a forgettable season for a franchise that hasn't missed the playoffs since 1996. GM Lou Lamoriello says he's staying the course.
30. N.Y. Islanders (30): With only one victory since Oct. 21, they are now on pace for 49 points. The last NHL team to finish below 50 points was the Atlanta Thrashers, who had just 39 in their expansion 1999-2000 season.
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