This article is part of our Neutral Zone Wrap series.
The All-Star weekend has concluded, and by most accounts it was a great success. The new format of the feature event may have improved viewer attention, but it seemed like something was missing... until they let Tyler Seguin unintentionally spice up the in-game commentary. Damn Canadians and their filthy language. Oops, sorry about that.
Regular action will be returning Tuesday, and that means getting ready for the second half. If you're fighting to move up the standings, make sure you've got a plan. If you're in a favorable position, don't sit back and count your winnings early. And if you've lost all hope, then you can probably stop reading now.
May we present the next batch of team reviews, featuring a couple clubs turning around their seasons, with the rest hoping for better fortunes on the horizon. As a bonus, if you make it through all five, there's a surprise at the end!
An Anaheim wave rises above the coastline as the rest of the league shudders in fear. The combo of Ryan Kesler (11 points and 35 shots on goal in his last 11 games) and Jakob Silfverberg (11 in eight with 32 shots) look to be unstoppable. Things never quite worked out in Pittsburgh for David Perron, but the initial California returns (five points in his first four) project well. Cam Fowler (missed 14 with knee sprain) should be back on the ice this week, bumping Shea Theodore (six in six, including two power-play goals) down a