This article is part of our Blue Line Buzz series.
All teams will hit the halfway mark by the end of the week, which means it's awards time again! Catch up on the quarterly awards to see how much has changed since then.
Best Defenseman: Shea Weber, Canadiens
The Norris Trophy race will be a close one, but Weber retains his title as the league's best defenseman. He's really transformed that Habs defense into something else, and in the short-term, Marc Bergevin has clearly won the trade that brought Weber to Quebec. The Habs, despite injuries to key players, are comfortably nine points ahead of second-place Boston after finishing sixth in the division last year.
Best Fantasy Defenseman: Brent Burns, Sharks
If Burns wins the Norris, it'll be more because of his offensive feats rather than how well he plays in his own zone. His offensive output is at a historic level, and the last time a 30-goal defenseman won the award was in 1986 when Paul Coffey scored 48. He has led all defensemen in goals and shots since the beginning of the season, and in all likelihood will remain in the lead down the stretch. He is also ninth in league scoring, which is no small feat for a blueliner.
Best Back-to-the-Future Impression: Dion Phaneuf, Senators
Andrei Markov's groin issue prevents him from retaining this title at the quarterly awards, and runner-up goes to Mike Green, who is also on the sidelines with an upper-body injury. Phaneuf, 31, has five goals in 38