Thanks to a late-blossoming Lightning center, the starting six is missing a certain Sidney
G MARTIN BRODEUR, Devils
After a slow start Mr. Indestructible—he averages 72 starts a year—had his team atop the Atlantic Division at week's end, and his 2.10 goals-against average led the conference.
D MIKE KOMISAREK, Canadiens
The combative blueliner had a league-high 150 blocked shots and was second in hits (160). He's the perfect complement to slick partner Andrei Markov.
D ZDENO CHARA, Bruins
The Big Z—he's 6'9", 251 pounds—has been contributing points (seven goals, 25 assists) in addition to his formidable physical presence.
C VINCENT LECAVALIER, Lightning
In his ninth and strongest season, the powerful forward (right) had 64 points, best in the NHL, while averaging 23 minutes. Only he could have bumped Sidney Crosby.
RW DANIEL ALFREDSSON, Senators
One of the league's most effective captains is having a career season with 29 goals, 31 assists and a +15 rating while leading Ottawa to the best record (30-14-4) in the conference.
LW ALEXANDER OVECHKIN, Capitals
Edges Atlanta's Ilya Kovalchuk. While each has more than 25% of his team's goals—Kovalchuk, 37; Ovechkin, 36—Ovechkin is more complete. He was a +9 to Kovy's --13.