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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

Through Friday's games. Last week in parenthesis.

1. Washington Capitals. Trotz shuffles lines after 5-4-1 return from bye week. (1)

2. Minnesota Wild. Atop the West, three points out of Presidents Trophy lead. (2)

3. Columbus Blue Jackets. Fascinated to see if incredible turnaround translates to playoffs. (5).

4. Pittsburgh Penguins. Surviving in spite of injury-riddled defense. (4)

5. Chicago Blackhawks. Final trip to Joe Louis results in first two-game skid since late January (3)

6. New York Rangers. Lundqvist’s 12 consecutive 20-win seasons are tied for the most in NHL history. (6)

7. San Jose Sharks. After blowing lead here, you figure they'll be primed for Sabres' visit on Tuesday. (7)

8. Montreal Canadiens. Julien Effect: Habs are 7-2 in last nine. (8)

9. Ottawa Senators. They're in position to win the Atlantic. Amazing. (11)

10. Edmonton Oilers. Pretty wild to see both McDavid and Crosby score in same shootout. (9)

11. Anaheim Ducks. Bernier with a 43-save shutout in 1-0 win at Chicago. (10)

12. Calgary Flames. Won eight straight, are 12-2-1 since Feb. 1. Battle of Alberta playoff meeting with Oil looming? (12)

13. Boston Bruins. Surprised they haven't already taken away Cassidy's interim label. (14)

14. New York Islanders. Held firm as ACC Tournament booted them from Barclays for two weeks. (13)

15. Nashville Predators. Have crept past Blues into third place in Central. (15)

16. Toronto Maple Leafs. Two more visits to Buffalo should keep StubHub busy here. (16)

17. St. Louis Blues. Desperate to hold off Kings for final wild-card in West. (19)

18. Tampa Bay Lightning. No excuses accepted: Lost three players to injury, still beat Wild. (20)

19. Los Angeles Kings. Just like previous years: Dangerous if they get in. But it's a huge if. (18)

20. Philadelphia Flyers. Toyed with Sabres, got tripped up in Toronto. (21)

21. Florida Panthers. Lost all momentum from 5-0 road trip when they returned home. (17)

22. Winnipeg Jets. Laine at 32 goals with stunning shooting percentage of 19.5. (23)

23. Buffalo Sabres. Road woes a big issue heading into West Coast trip: Just 11-17-6 this season after 19-17-5 last year. (22)

24. Vancouver Canucks. Two straight OT losses open last-ditch five-game homestand. (25)

25. Carolina Hurricanes. Open home-and-home with Islanders Monday in Brooklyn. (27)

26. Dallas Stars. Just nine road wins. Same as Colorado and Arizona. Shame on you, Lindy. (28)

27. Detroit Red Wings. When Journey hits "born and raised in South Detroit" in Joe Louis sing-along, isn't that really Windsor? (26)

28. New Jersey Devils. Stink: Current 0-7-2 skid included hideous scoreless streak of 174:51. (24)

29. Arizona Coyotes. Stinkier: War of words erupts again between Bettman and Glendale politicos. (29)

30. Colorado Avalanche. Stinkiest: May be first team since '00 Thrashers to not get 50 points. (30)

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