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Mike Harrington’s NHL Power Rankings for March 13

(Through Friday night’s games, last week in parentheses)

1. Washington Capitals. Have to figure out struggling starts before playoffs. (1)

2. Dallas Stars. Surviving plenty of injuries on defense. (2)

3. St. Louis Blues. After all the Stars-Hawks talk, they could actually win Central. (4)

4. Chicago Blackhawks. A March lull like last year or a real sign of some trouble? (3)

5. Los Angeles Kings. First in Pacific to 40 wins, one off West lead. (8)

6. New York Rangers. Surviving injury spate nicely but need The King back in the crease. (5)

7. Boston Bruins. Julien deserves a ton of Coach of Year votes. (10)

8. Anaheim Ducks. First consecutive regulation losses since week before Christmas. (6)

9. Florida Panthers. Stumbling down stretch in quest to clinch Atlantic. (9)

10. Tampa Bay Lightning. Drouin finally returns to ice in Syracuse. (7)

11. Nashville Predators. Pushed franchise-record point streak to 14 at 9-0-5. (13)

12. New York Islanders. Big trouble with Halak down for six weeks. (11)

13. San Jose Sharks. Easily locked into Pacific Division’s top three. (12)

14. Pittsburgh Penguins. Still alive for top three in Metro. (15)

15. Detroit Red Wings. Desperately holding wild card to keep playoff streak alive. (14)

16. Philadelphia Flyers. Surprisingly still lurking in wild-card hunt. (19)

17. Carolina Hurricanes. Amazing they hit town legitimately in the race. (20)

18. Colorado Avalanche. Foolish timing by Landeskog to earn three-game suspension. (17)

19. Minnesota Wild. New coach bump with Torchetti quickly wearing off. (16)

20. New Jersey Devils. No chance to survive once Schneider went down. (18)

21. Montreal Canadiens. Relief to friends and foes that Subban situation was just a precaution. (22)

22. Ottawa Senators. Drubbing in Florida may be final blow to playoff longshot. (21)

23. Columbus Blue Jackets. Two of three home sellouts vs. Penguins. It’s like Sabres-Leafs crowds. (23).

24. Arizona Coyotes. Snapped franchise-record 10-game road skid with win in Calgary. (26)

25. Vancouver Canucks. Completely outclassed in Los Angeles. (24)

26. Buffalo Sabres. Abysmal record in close games shows offense simply not good enough. (25)

27. Calgary Flames. Wideman gets chunk of his money back but damage already done. (29)

28. Edmonton Oilers. Nurse gets three-game suspension, but sends message with beatdown of Sharks’ Polak. (27)

29. Winnipeg Jets. Armia (lower body) will miss about a week. (28)

30. Toronto Maple Leafs. Soshnikov an unheralded name showing big promise. (30).

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