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Mike Harrington’s NHL Power Rankings for March 27

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

1. Washington Capitals. Holtby seventh in history to 45 wins, three shy of Brodeur’s mark. (1)

2. Dallas Stars. Thriving even in spite of shaky goaltending. (2)

3. St. Louis Blues. Entered weekend 22-11-4 at home, 22-11-5 on road. (4)

4. Los Angeles Kings. Three straight losses after clinching playoff berth. (3)

5. New York Rangers. Have 25 home wins, second in NHL to Caps. (7)

6. Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos on pace for 39 goals. (10)

7. Florida Panthers. Saturday’s showdown was final meeting of season with Lightning (6)

8. Chicago Blackhawks. A 3-5-2 record in last 10 is second-worst in the league. (5)

9. Anaheim Ducks. McGinn up to 21 goals, pushing free agency price higher. (8)

10. Nashville Predators. Comfortably in wild-card, still looking to catch Hawks. (12)

11. Pittsburgh Penguins. Rumblings growing that big finish could see Sid supplant Kane for Hart. (14)

12. New York Islanders. In desperation mode to hold off Flyers, Wings. (11)

13. San Jose Sharks. Until five-goal blowup vs. Oilers, Reimer had two shutouts in first four starts. (13)

14. Boston Bruins. Sudden five-game free fall puts playoffs in jeopardy. (9)

15. Detroit Red Wings. Huge week coming against Sabres, Habs, Wild, Leafs. (15)

16. Philadelphia Flyers. Could regret blown point in final 65 seconds of shootout loss in Columbus. (16)

17. Colorado Avalanche. Rough closing schedule makes wild-card road a tough one. (18)

18. Minnesota Wild. Seem like nothing but first-round fodder if they get in. (19)

19. New Jersey Devils. OT loss to Caps snaps Wedgewood’s shutout streak at 159:54, just five minutes shy of Brodeur’s club record. (20)

20. Carolina Hurricanes. Never recovered from Staal trade. (17)

21. Ottawa Senators. Owner Melnyk puts everyone on notice, including Cameron. (22)

22. Montreal Canadiens. Nearly pulled off stunning four-goal comeback in Detroit. (21)

23. Arizona Coyotes. Beat Oilers, Stars after two straight shutout losses. (24)

24. Buffalo Sabres. In playoff race this week with games in Detroit, Pittsburgh, New York. (26)

25. Columbus Blue Jackets. Boll’s four-game suspension was unduly harsh. Barely even a major. (23).

26. Calgary Flames. Gaudreau, Monahan are big RFA contracts that need to be done this offseason. (27)

27. Winnipeg Jets. Injury-decimated roster is the NHL’s worst at this point. (29)

28. Vancouver Canucks. No idea what the plan is here. Or if there even is one. (25)

29. Toronto Maple Leafs. With tank slowing way down, hit town Thursday for first time since October. (30)

30. Edmonton Oilers. An open disgrace. Too bad they can’t be relegated. (28).

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