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NHL Power Rankings: Upstart Blue Jackets march to the top

Through Friday's games. Last week in parentheses.

1. Columbus Blue Jackets. A very Merry Christmas with a 12-game winning streak (4).

2. Pittsburgh Penguins. With 24 goals in 29 games, Crosby on pace to shatter career high of 51. (3)

3. Chicago Blackhawks. Stunned by Avs in OT but Crawford returned after appendectomy. (1)

4. Minnesota Wild. While everyone is noticing Blue Jackets, they've won franchise-record 10 straight. (10)

5. New York Rangers. Defense exposed in seven-goal Garden blowup against Wild. (2)

6. Montreal Canadiens. Lost by 10 in first trip to Columbus. Lost by just 2-1 on Wednesday (5)

7. Washington Capitals. Went into break with domination of Lightning. (7)

8. Philadelphia Flyers. Win 10 in a row and still fifth in Metropolitan. (6)

9. Ottawa Senators. Aside from Jackets' Tortorella, Boucher doing the best job among coaches. (12)

10. San Jose Sharks. Thornton still stuck on two goals through 34 games. (9)

11. St. Louis Blues. Stumbled into break with 1-2-1 record. (8)

12. Anaheim Ducks. Carlyle gets a hard-earned win in return to Toronto. (11)

13. Edmonton Oilers. Video of teary Maroon viewing his cheering son during TV interview goes viral. (13)

14. Boston Bruins. Can effectively bury Sabres by sweeping upcoming home-and-home set that opens here Thursday. (14)

15. Los Angeles Kings. Finished long roadie 3-2-2 after ugly opener in Buffalo. (16)

16. Calgary Flames. Outshot hapless Canucks, 37-14, in easy win. (15)

17. Florida Panthers. Ageless Jagr simply brilliant in passing Messier for No. 2 on scoring list. (21)

18. Carolina Hurricanes. Even with lots of empty seats watching, are 9-0-1 in last 10 home games. (18)

19. Nashville Predators. Play Wild, Hawks, Blues this week. Need points in the Central. (19)

20. Tampa Bay Lightning. Injuries piling up as Bishop (3-4 weeks) joins Stamkos, Callahan, Kucherov on the shelf. (17)

21. Winnipeg Jets. Laine up to 19 goals and 30 points. (20)

22. Dallas Stars. Lindy's crew has Coyotes, Avs, Panthers this week. (25)

23. Toronto Maple Leafs. Matthews get assist in historic NHL debut at home in Arizona. (26)

24 Detroit Red Wings. In deep trouble with word Howard (knee) is out 4-6 weeks. (22)

25. New Jersey Devils. Simply can't compete in rugged Metro. (24)

26. New York Islanders. That white SUV in the corner at Barclays in the most absurd thing in any NHL rink. (27)

27. Buffalo Sabres. The injuries are over. What's the excuse now? (23)

28. Vancouver Canucks. Definitely time to work trade phone and get rebuild going. (28)

29. Arizona Coyotes. Franchise pillar Doan gets 400th career goal in 1,500th game. (29)

30. Colorado Avalanche. Patrick Roy knew something when he bolted in August. (30).

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