Anaheim Ducks (22-20-7): The Ducks started off miserable, and while they currently have a winning record by their chinny-chin-chin, they're still not going anywhere this year. Their penalty kill sucks, but they also get penalized more than anyone in the league. In short, they shoot themselves in the foot every night. They're 19 points behind their division leader...FEH!
Atlanta Thrashers (21-19-7): This team started off pretty well, but took a nose dive recently. As a result, the Caps are running away with the Southeast division, 17 points ahead of Atlanta now. Not much to say about this team, except a MM-HAH! to start followed by a nose dive for a FEH! gives you an overall grade of EHH.
Boston Bruins (23-16-8): They've lost 6 of their last 10, but are still playing pretty good overall behind one of the best goalies in the NHL. It was no surprise when Tim Thomas was invited to be on the U.S. Olympic team. They have a good team and should make the playoffs without a problem. While they've taken a bit of a slide recently, I still have to give them a MM-HAH!
Buffalo Sabres (29-11-6): This team has been on fire all year behind a goalie who is having a better year than Marty Brodeur, you heard me right. Ryan Miller has been nearly lights out. He has 5 shutouts, which is 1 behind Brodeur, 26 wins, which is tied for 2nd in the league, and leads the NHL in both save % and GAA. Their PK is 3rd in the league and they're 10 points ahead of Boston in their division. The Sabres get a resounding MM-HAH!
Calgary Flames (26-17-6): This team is a bunch of streakers. They win a few, then they lose a few. It's been up and down all year for the Flames, who are currently tied with the Canucks for 2nd in their division. Overall they've had a decent year though, so I guess I'll give them a MM-HAH!
Carolina Hurricanes (14-26-7): To go from the conference finals to the #1 draft pick in the course of one year is embarrassing, but that's exactly what the Canes are headed for. They have a grand total of 4 wins on the road this year, and are dead last in the league, but the Oilers are hot on their heels. This team has been a sad sight to watch after being one round from the Stanley Cup Finals just one year ago...FEH!
Chicago Blackhawks (34-11-4): They're 8-1-1 in their last 10, and are currently atop the league with 72 points. Their 34 wins are tops in the NHL, and they're the only team with at least 20 wins on home ice. They're a scoring machine on offense, and have a pretty good defense corps and goalies to boot. They were the Canes of the west last year, but unlike the Canes who have fallen off the face of the Earth, the Hawks could be the Western Conference champs if they keep this up, MM-HAH!
Colorado Avalanche (27-15-6): This team may be the biggest surprise of the 2009-2010 season. They weren't expected to light the word on fire, but they started off hot out of the gate, and despite a short slip after their red-hot start, they've continued to stay in contention for the division crown, and currently have a 2-point lead over the Canucks and Flames in the Northwest division. I remember when this team was the best in the west, and they could be slowly returning to that form...MM-HAH!
Columbus Blue Jackets (18-23-9): They started off pretty well, but oh man has this team taken the plunge. They've fallen, and they've fallen badly, crashing out of the playoffs and down to the bottom of their division. Sadly, the Jackets will be following up their first playoff appearance with some early tee times around the second week of April, because they won't be back to the playoffs for a second straight year...FEH!
Dallas Stars (20-17-11): They're pretty good at home, not so much on the road. They've been up and down all year, and are tied with the Ducks for last place in the Pacific division. I've considered this team to be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde all season long, and that still seems to be the case. In my book, that earns you a EHH.
There's still 20 more teams to go, we're just warming up with these report cards. Check page 2 for the next 10, starting with one team that's been a BAD surprise.