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Power Rankings / Bucky Gleason ranks all 30 NHL teams

(Last week in parentheses; through Thursday's games)

1 Buffalo Sabres. January-February blues are perfectly normal. (1)

2 Nashville Predators. Win over Columbus gave them NHL lead in points. (3)

3 Anaheim Ducks. Scott Niedermayer minus-5 against Blues during 2-6-2 stretch. (2)

4 Detroit Red Wings. Five-game winning streak included victory over Nashville. (4)

5 San Jose Sharks. Well within striking distance of Ducks after hot streak. (5)

6 New Jersey Devils. Brodeur leads league in victories (28), shutouts (eight). (8)

7 Atlanta Thrashers. Any chance these birds fly higher than, say, Michael Vick? (6)

8 Ottawa Senators. Alfie scores four straight winners, one shy of NHL record. (10)

9 Montreal Canadiens. Six L's in eight games before Huet stops 44 shots in Atlanta. (7)

10 Dallas Stars. Banged-up roster looking forward to All-Star break. (9)

11 Vancouver Canucks. NHL's hottest team wins 10 of 11 games before Buffalo. (13)

12 Carolina Hurricanes. Four wins in five games before home loss to Capitals. (11)

13 Calgary Flames. On fire at home at 18-5-0, flickering on road at 6-12-4. (12)

14 Minnesota Wild. Recent rash of injuries could spell trouble. (15)

15 New York Rangers. Straka receives contract extension worth $3.1 million. (14)

16 Toronto Maple Leafs. Four straight road wins cure most ills. (18)

17 Edmonton Oilers. Sitting uncomfortably in NHL's bottom third in scoring. (17)

18 Tampa Bay Lightning. Defenseman Dan Boyle belongs in All-Star Game. (21)

19 New York Islanders. Blake, Yashin combine for 13 shots against Flyers. (16)

20 Colorado Avalanche. Gretzky's advice for kids: Watch Joe Sakic. (20)

21 Pittsburgh Penguins. Ouellet ends slump with seven points in four games. (22)

22 Boston Bruins. Great to see Kessel scoring again in loss to Sabres. (23)

23 Washington Capitals. Road losing streak ends at six. (19)

St. Louis Blues. Eleven wins in 15 games. (27)

25 Phoenix Coyotes. Desert Dogs went 18-14-2 after signing All-Star Perreault. (25)

26 Columbus Blue Jackets. Talking with Modin, Carter about contract extensions. (26)

27 Florida Panthers. Winless in 10 overtime games with 0-6-4 record. (29)

28 Chicago Blackhawks. Seven straight losses, including two in shootouts. (24)

29 Los Angeles Kings. Scoreboard message for ex-coach Murray: "Thank you, Andy." (28)

30 Philadelphia Flyers. Nine straight losses at home, 16 of 19 overall. (30)

e-mail: bgleason@buffnews.com

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