Detroit Red Wings:
Good News: The asterisk continues!
Bad News: Still no sign of normal or near normal production from Zetterberg or Holmstrom.
New York Rangers:
Good News: With the stretch run coming the whole team is healthy.
Bad News: Post season production has not been a hallmark of more than a few key players on the team.
Good News: A legitimate shot at another Presidents Trophy.
Bad News: Still in a weak division that does nothing to prepare the team for playoff intensity.
St Louis Blues
Good News: A virtual lock to return to the playoffs.
Bad News: No signs of management bringing in enough enough offense to give the team a legitimate shot at competing with the top teams.
Good News: All slumps end.
Bad News: You have to try to get them to end.
Good News: Veteran cup winning leadership has been added in the form of Hal Gill.
Bad News: Neither key blueliner has been signed yet.
Good News: When healthy, Nicklas Grossman is a shotblocking, hitting defensive defensenman.
Bad News: Your goaltending is still at about the same level as Chicago’s.
New Jersey Devils
Good News: Ilya Kovalchuk should win the Hart Trophy, Adam Henrique should win the Calder.
Bad News: Neither of them plays goal.
San Jose Sharks
Good News: Another division title is within reach.
Bad News: You have the fourth or fifth best goaltending in a not very strong division.
Good News: With the trade deadline hear Sidney Crosby questions have fallen off a bit.
Bad News: With the deadline soon to pass Sidney Crosby questions will peak again.
Good News: A pretty healthy team heading into the playoffs where health is wealth.
Bad News: The backend of the team could use a tweak or two.
Good News: Rumors of Patrick Kane being available probably took the heat off Quenville for a few days.
Bad News: The problems with the team are neither Kane or Quenville.
Good News: The sellers on the market have finally admitted it.
Bad News: The teams strength, its defense has been mauled.
Good News: Mike Smith is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL this season.
Bad News: Sticking to the on ice issues, still the NHL’s 19th best offense.
Los Angeles Kings
Good News: Jonathan Quick is the best player on the team and probably in the division.
Bad News: Jonathan Quick is the best player on the team and probably in the division and no one else on the team makes the division’s top 30 this year.
Toronto Maple Leafs
Good News: 6th best offense in the NHL.
Bad News: 25th in goals allowed.