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NHL Power Rankings: Wild atop West, Oilers surging in Pacific

At All-Star break. Last week in parenthesis.

1. Washington Capitals. One of these years has to be the year for Ovi. & Co. (1)

2. Minnesota Wild. Hit break with stunning four-point lead in West, and 2-3 games in hand on all chasers. (2)

3. Columbus Blue Jackets. Hit break just 5-7 after 16-game winning streak. (3).

4. Pittsburgh Penguins. Need to improve 10-10-3 road mark. (4)

5. Montreal Canadiens. Galchenyuk probably still having nightmares over Lehner save. (5)

6. Chicago Blackhawks. Were 78-0-5 leading after two since '14 -- then lost back to back to Bolts, Jets. (6)

7. Edmonton Oilers. Tied for first in Pacific, about to end 11-year playoff drought. (10)

8. San Jose Sharks. Big week including four-goal game gets Marleau to 498. (9)

9. New York Rangers. Lundqvist rediscovering groove after disastrous stretch. (8)

10. Ottawa Senators. See Ducks. Same figure, same theory. (11)

11. Anaheim Ducks. Plus-4 goal differential says they may have overachieved to date. (7)

12. Philadelphia Flyers. Hanging on thanks to 10-2-1 mark in last 13 at home. (17)

13. Nashville Predators. Lots of spectators on the ice in OT against Sabres. (14)

14. Toronto Maple Leafs. One point out of last Atlantic playoff slot -- with five games in hand. (12)

15. Boston Bruins. Marchand escapes suspension after scummy slewfoot of Wings' Kronwall. (15)

16. St. Louis Blues. Goaltending has completely collapsed. (13)

17. Calgary Flames. Gaudreau beats Sens in OT on 2-on-0 break. (16)

18. Los Angeles Kings. "HOCKEYWOOD" sign takes over outside Staples Center. (20)

19. Vancouver Canucks. Going first 28 minutes without a shot on goal at Arizona can get coaches fired. (19)

20. Florida Panthers. NHL-high 10 OT/SO losses keeping them on the outside for now. (21)

21. Carolina Hurricanes. Buckled to five-game skid under weight of brutal schedule. (18)

22. Tampa Bay Lightning. Have 50 points in 50 games. Expectations so much higher. (22)

23. Detroit Red Wings. Completely outclassed at home by Leafs in Centennial Classic remaatch. (23)

24. Dallas Stars. Lindy will pay price but how can any GM field alleged contender with this goaltending? (24)

25. New Jersey Devils. Christmas tree retro-look didn't produce 80s style win. (25)

26. Winnipeg Jets. Laine retakes rookie scoring lead from Leafs' Matthews. (26)

27. Buffalo Sabres. No matter which direction, No Goal vs. Dallas lives on. (27)

28. New York Islanders. Are 4-0-1 since sacking Capuano. (28)

29. Arizona Coyotes. Ekman-Larsson at career-worst minus-19. (29)

30. Colorado Avalanche. A 1-14-1 home record in last 16 is absolutely mind-boggling. (30).

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