David Backes deserves at least a two-game suspension for his boarding of Karl Alzner, as the NHL Department of Player Safety needs to make a statement to remove dangerous hits from the game.
The rivalry between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers can be one of the best in the NHL, but hockey dominated by fights makes it worse while fighting for the playoffs elevates play.
The Dallas Stars are just outside the playoff race and will need to target a tough defenseman, a backup goalie and scoring help to make it into the postseason.
Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby are sure to be part of the five best captains in Pittsburgh Penguins history.
The current bad stretch of games for the Tampa Bay Lightning can be attributed to a lack of consistency, and coach Jon Cooper needs to ask for a solution this Christmas.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are coming on strong of late, but they sit 12th in the NHL Eastern Conference due in large part to their poor defending in the third period.
With the Carolina Hurricanes well out of playoff contention, it is time for them to ask for some help at Christmas to set up their trade board and make roster decisions for the future.
Radim Vrbata was seen by many as a depth signing for the Vancouver Canucks, but he is third on the team in scoring and continues to contribute at key times. He is the team's MVP to this point.
The Nashville Predators were expected to be a better team than last year heading into the 2014-15 NHL season, but they have exceeded every expectation at the quarter pole in the schedule.
Anton Volchenkov was signed by the Nashville Predators for leadership, but his decreased production and recent suspension make him expendable.