28. San Jose Sharks (27)
The Sharks did manage to win a couple of games last week, but those have been hard to come by in November. If not for the elite play of defenseman Erik Karlsson, San Jose would likely be a last-place team this season.
27. Chicago Blackhawks (26)
Like the Coyotes, the Blackhawks are returning to the bottom of the standings. Chicago is on a lengthy losing streak, and while one could argue that the Hawks are still exceeding expectations, the bar was set pretty low coming into the year.
26. Philadelphia Flyers (22)
Speaking of lengthy losing streaks, the Flyers haven’t won since November 8. In that time, Philadelphia is 0-4-2, and the hot start that caught everyone off guard in October has been completely erased, as this team is now at .500.
25. Columbus Blue Jackets (31)
The Columbus Blue Jackets had been stuck at the bottom of the league standings for quite some time, but thanks to last week’s winning record, they finally have some breathing room. By no means are the Jackets out of the hole they dug for themselves, but they do seem to have some life.