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Mike Harrington’s NHL Power Rankings for Dec. 20

(Through Friday night’s games. Last week’s rankings in parentheses).

1. Washington Capitals. Wiped out 3-0 deficit to zap Lightning. (3)

2. Dallas Stars. Close pre-Xmas run with rugged back-to-back against Wild, Hawks (1)

3. Los Angeles Kings. Ex-Sabres prospect McNabb has a home next to Doughty. (4)

4. Montreal Canadiens. Subban’s “Jingle Bells” challenge going viral across Canada. (2)

5. St. Louis Blues. Tough back-to-back Monday and Tuesday at Philly, Boston. (8)

6. New York Rangers. Because Lundqvist is struggling, so is his team. (5)

7. New York Islanders. Charging to pass Rangers with eye on Caps. (7)

8. Boston Bruins. Are 18-6-4 since 0-3 start that seems like a long time ago. (15)

9. Chicago Blackhawks. In today’s grinding NHL, Kane’s streak was one to behold. (9)

10. Minnesota Wild. Offense finding the range during 6-0-3 run. (13)

11. Detroit Red Wings. Sabres game one of several where points were blown in third period. (6)

12. Ottawa Senators. Four regulation home losses are fewest in Atlantic Division. (11)

13. Florida Panthers. Open six straight at home Sunday vs. Canucks. (16)

14. Nashville Predators. Won just three of 10, slipped into negative goal differential. (10)

15. New Jersey Devils. Just plain Boring with a capital B. (12)

16. Philadelphia Flyers. Back in the hunt thanks to 7-2-1 stretch. (18)

17. San Jose Sharks. Continue to hold huge disparity between home/road at 4-9-0/12-6-1. (20)

18. Pittsburgh Penguins. Needed a new coach, now need some heart transplants. (14)

19. Tampa Bay Lightning. Local media dubbed Stamkos’ circus-like trip to Toronto as “Stammergeddon.” (17)

20. Colorado Avalanche. Allowed only four goals while posting four straight wins. (28)

21. Calgary Flames. Demons in OT with NHL-best 8-1 record. (24)

22. Winnipeg Jets. In rugged Central, 32 points in 32 games isn’t nearly enough. (19)

23. Vancouver Canucks. Miller beaten just once in seven-round shootout in Detroit. (21)

24. Buffalo Sabres. When he returns, Lehner won’t get No. 1 slot from Johnson very easily. (29)

25. Arizona Coyotes. Lindback a flop in first start as top dog in net with Smith on the shelf. (22)

26. Edmonton Oilers. McDavid skating on his own but return date uncertain. (25)

27. Carolina Hurricanes. Two hat tricks in three games for Skinner. (27)

28. Anaheim Ducks. Offense is a mess but they press on with Boudreau for some reason. (23)

29. Toronto Maple Leafs. With Sparks’ injury, it’s Bernier or Bust in net. (26)

30. Columbus Blue Jackets. Most irrelevant franchise in pro sports is a mess again. (30).

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