Teams can't go shopping on the last weekend before Christmas because of the roster freeze, but they're all still hoping for something from Santa. Here's the wish list.
|Dustin Penner leads the Oilers with 18 goals. The next best scorer on the team has just nine goals. (Getty Images)|
Colorado Avalanche: A division title? It's possible in this season of serious surprises, but a playoff spot would be a pretty good accomplishment in its own right.
Dallas Stars: Figuring out a way to get it done in 60 minutes. The Stars have played overtime in 14 games so far, but have won only four.
Detroit Red Wings: A healthy new year. Or at least a healthier one for a team that has had more key injuries than anyone this season, yet has managed to stay above water.
Los Angeles Kings: Holding up. The young team has stunned everyone by making it to the top. The challenge is staying there when things heat up in the second half.
Minnesota Wild: Recognition that they don't play boring hockey anymore, and an end to the concussion problems that have plagued them.
Nashville Predators: Secondary offense from forwards rather than defensemen, and a playoff spot with a first-round matchup against a Central Division team the Predators play so tough.
Phoenix Coyotes: Ownership stability, and more fans in the stands for a team that has proven to be worthy of support with a remarkable season so far.
San Jose Sharks: Peaking in the playoffs instead of the regular season because everything really is in place for a deep run.
Vancouver Canucks: More contributions from players not named Sedin. The Canucks could use added production from their third and fourth lines.