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NHL Power Rankings: Jackets on top, Leafs and Canucks climbing

Through Friday's games. Last week in parenthesis.

1. Columbus Blue Jackets. Bobrovsky's player-of-the-month December (12-0-0, 1.75, .939) keyed winning streak. (1).

2. Pittsburgh Penguins. In 12-1-2 run, only regulation loss was in Columbus. (2)

3. Chicago Blackhawks. United Center is a bucket-list rink to visit. Great show on, off ice. (4)

4. New York Rangers. Handled twice by Sabres as Lundqvist has struggled. (5)

5. Minnesota Wild. Battled back from pair of two-goal deficits for win in San Jose. (3)

6. Washington Capitals. Streak-busters were hoping Jackets' run was still intact when they hit town. (8)

7. Montreal Canadiens. Gallagher out two months after hand crushed by Weber slapper. (6)

8. Anaheim Ducks. Kase scores in last minute of OT to beat Coyotes. (12)

9. San Jose Sharks. Nieto lands on waivers, claimed by Avs. (7)

10. Edmonton Oilers. Hat trick and fight vs. Chara made for solid night for Maroon in Boston. (10)

11. St. Louis Blues. Those powder blue Winter Classic sweaters are sweet. (13)

12. Philadelphia Flyers. Blue Jackets beware: Philly just 1-5-2 after 10-game winning streak ended. (11)

13. Ottawa Senators. Growing rumors of outdoor game vs. Habs next December. (9)

14. Toronto Maple Leafs. Finish to Centennial Classic was pillar moment in 100th season. (17)

15. Vancouver Canucks. Sudden streak to a playoff spot. (26)

16. Calgary Flames. Elliott won five in a row after 3-9-1 start. (15)

17. Boston Bruins. Team's showing on ice didn't match classy pregame ceremony to honor death of 98-year-old legend Milt Schmidt (14)

18. Tampa Bay Lightning. Lots of concern after 6-1 home loss to Nashville. (16)

19. Los Angeles Kings. Former champs look like chumps again. (20)

20. Florida Panthers. Fort Lauderdale ceremony reminiscent of Sabres' Flight 3407 remembrance. (22)

21. Nashville Predators. Subban misses first game against Habs. (21)

22. Carolina Hurricanes. Endured 2-1 loss in Chicago despite 40-24 edge in shots. (18)

23. Dallas Stars. Lindy moves to No. 4 on all-time games list at 1,450. (19)

24. Winnipeg Jets. Hit town off two strong wins and good tan in Florida. (23)

25. Detroit Red Wings. They're very mediocre for first time in a long time. (24)

26. New Jersey Devils. Hall made first appearance against Oilers. (25)

27. New York Islanders. Hard to believe Capuano or Snow can last (27)

28. Buffalo Sabres. Play with pep on the road that's absent at home. (28)

29. Arizona Coyotes. Nine straight losses. The analytics crew is failing miserably. (29)

30. Colorado Avalanche. Matter of time before Iginla gets dealt. (30).

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