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Power Rankings / Bucky Gleason ranks the NHL teams from top to bottom

(Through Thursday night's games, last week in parentheses)

1 New York Rangers. Brooks Orpik hit on Derek Stepan was unfortunate but did not look intentional. (2)

2 Vancouver Canucks. Kesler, Booth combine for one assist in 11 games. (3)

3 St. Louis Blues. Three-game slide raises concern in final week. (1)

4 Pittsburgh Penguins. First-round vs. state rivals could be toughest till Cup. (4)

5 Philadelphia Flyers. See: Pittsburgh Penguins. (5)

6 Nashville Predators. Rinne had been in goal for all but four of their victories. (7)

7 Detroit Red Wings. Five straight games scoring two or fewer goals. (6)

8 Boston Bruins. Now the real work begins for the Stanley Cup champs. (9)

9 New Jersey Devils. Sitting pretty with sixth seed in conference. (10)

10 Chicago Blackhawks. Keith back after five-game suspension for elbowing. (8)

11 San Jose Sharks. Three straight wins come when they needed them most. (17)

12 Los Angeles Kings. My preseason pick to win the Stanley Cup. (16)

13 Phoenix Coyotes. Three visits to the playoffs in three years under Tippett. (13)

14 Ottawa Senators. Looking to continue their run after surprising many with playoff berth. (14)

15 Florida Panthers. Tallon deserves credit for first playoff team since 1999-00. (12)

16 Washington Capitals. Like it or not, Laich was right. (18)

17 Dallas Stars. Four straight losses ends any hopes for playoffs. (11)

18 Calgary Flames. Entered final weekend in 10th place for third straight year. (19)

19 Colorado Avalanche. Sabres should look into asking price for Stastny. (20)

20 Buffalo Sabres. Midseason problems led to doom more than late-season falloff. (15)

21 Winnipeg Jets. Decline in second half of season reminiscent of final months in Atlanta. (21)

22 Tampa Bay Lightning. Goalie Dwayne Roloson hoping to play next year at age 43. (22)

23 Carolina Hurricanes. Cup champs from 2006 going into N.C. Sports Hall of Fame. (23)

24 Minnesota Wild. Eight of 14 rookies made NHL debuts this season. (26)

25 Anaheim Ducks. If only they could have wiped out a 6-13-4 start. (24)

26 Toronto Maple Leafs. Taking comfort knowing they contributed to Sabres' demise. (27)

27 New York Islanders. Anybody notice their top three scorers (Tavares, Moulson, Parenteau) had career years? (25)

28 Edmonton Oilers. Contracts expire for general manager, coaching staff. (28)

29 Montreal Canadiens. Should be an interesting offseason in French and English. (29)

30 Columbus Blue Jackets. Nash's departure appears all but certain. (30)