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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

Through Friday's games. Last week in parenthesis.

1. Washington Capitals. Ovechkin snaps career-long goal drought at 10 games. (1)

2. Pittsburgh Penguins. Still pushing ahead with injury-ravaged defense. (4)

3. Columbus Blue Jackets. Players making Presidents' Trophy an openly stated goal. (3).

4. Chicago Blackhawks. Sent three straight messages to Wild in advance of potential playoff meeting. (5)

5. Minnesota Wild. Ugly 1-4 road trip with four of the stops in the East. (2)

6. San Jose Sharks. Hope Sabres took notes how sharp their passing was. (7)

7. New York Rangers. In 0-4-2 rut at MSG with no home wins in over a month. (6)

8. Montreal Canadiens. Sabres castoff Byron has 19 goals, 35 points. (8)

9. Calgary Flames. NHL's fourth 10-game winning streak of season puts them in playoff slot. (12)

10. Anaheim Ducks. Bernier holding down the net well in Gibson's absence. (11)

11. Ottawa Senators. Will host Habs outdoors Dec. 16 in NHL 100th anniversary game. (9)

12. Edmonton Oilers. Back-to-back seven-goal games vs. Stars, Bruins. (10)

13. Boston Bruins. Red-hot Marchand moves square into thick of Hart talk. (13)

14. Nashville Predators. Rinne beats Caps in OT in 500th NHL game. (15)

15. St. Louis Blues. Huge schedule break: Six of final 12 games vs. Coyotes or Avs (17)

16. Toronto Maple Leafs. Matthews joins Ted Kennedy (1944-45) as franchise's second teen-ager to 50 points. (16)

17. New York Islanders. Tavares at 60 points in 70 games. (14)

18. Tampa Bay Lightning. Here he comes: Four months later, Stamkos returns to practice. (18)

19. Los Angeles Kings. Looking like second playoff miss in three years since '14 Cup. (19)

20. Florida Panthers. Ekblad down with concussion, hopes just about toast. (21)

21. Philadelphia Flyers. Team Inconsistency: Blanked Pens, bombed by Devils on back-to-back nights. (20)

22. Carolina Hurricanes. Closing well with 3-0-2 mark in last five. (25)

23. Buffalo Sabres. Risto's YouTube special kept 10-round shootout aliver in Anaheim. (23)

24. Winnipeg Jets. Laine might benefit from Toronto backlash on Matthews in Calder vote. (22)

25. Detroit Red Wings. Sabres' final visit to the Joe is Monday. (27)

26. Dallas Stars. Players quit on Lindy during losses in San Jose (5-1) and Edmonton (7-1). (26)

27. Vancouver Canucks. Sedins always have freaky close stats: Both with 13 goals through 70 games (24)

28. New Jersey Devils. Stink: Snapped 0-8-2 slide with win over Flyers. (28)

29. Arizona Coyotes. Stinkier: Just 10-20-4 on road and open five-game trip Monday in Nashville (29)

30. Colorado Avalanche. Stinkiest: Averaging NHL-low 1.94 goals per game. (30)

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