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Momentum key before All-Star break

In this week's Breakout, ESPN.com's Brian A. Shactman looks at teams that could be well served by gaining momentum before the All-Star break and other happenings around the NHL.

Updated: January 28, 2001, 12:07 PM ET
By Brian A. Shactman | ESPN.com

Along the boards

San Jose Sharks They might still need to make a deal to fill the void left by Vincent Damphousse's injury. But in the last week, the Sharks proved they can overcome adversity and still be a premier team. They've not only won three in a row, but also have defeated big-time opponents (Dallas, St. Louis) on the road.

New York Rangers Too easy, you say? A team with this payroll and set of expectations cannot avoid the limelight, especially ...

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