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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos hits 30 points through only 17 games. (1)

2. St. Louis Blues.  NHL-high 19 goals from defense -- which is 35 percent of offense. (3)

3. Los Angeles Kings. Gave up four first-period goals to Tampa on home ice. (2)

4. Toronto Maple Leafs.  Won first two games without Matthews. (9).

5. Vegas Golden Knights.  Second in Pacific, third in West. Flat-out amazing. (10)

6. New Jersey Devils. No more boring hockey: Averaging nearly 3.5 goals per game.  (5)

7. Pittsburgh Penguins.  Crosby has no goals in last 10 games ... and hosts Sabres Tuesday. Uh-oh. (6)

8. Ottawa Senators.  Karlsson was the star attraction during two-game set with Avs in Stockholm. (7)

9. Winnipeg Jets. Team Hall of Fame, which opened last year, inducts Hawerchuk on Tuesday. (8)

10. Nashville Predators. Addition of Turris makes them stocked at center. (14)

11. Dallas Stars. Trip Thursday to Tampa Bay should produce an offensive showcase. (23).

12. Philadelphia Flyers. Ghost is fastest defenseman to 100 points in franchise history. (16)

13. Washington Capitals.  Who was that team that showed up here Tuesday night? Brutal performance. (19)

14. Columbus Blue Jackets. Offense struggling during four-game skid. (4)

15. Vancouver Canucks. Henrik Sedin gets first goal since March 23. (12).

16. Calgary Flames. Going 5-5 at home in front of rabid Saddledome fans doesn't cut it. (18)

17. New York Islanders.  At 5-0-2, join Pens as only teams left without regulation loss at home. (11).

18. New York Rangers.  Quick turnaround with five wins in a row and 7-2-1 run in last 10. (25)

19. Colorado Avalanche. All props to Sakic for haul he got for Duchene. (13)

20. Chicago Blackhawks.  Just 7-7-2 and out of  a playoff spot through 16 games. (15)

21. Anaheim Ducks.  Fractured cheekbone could shelve Getzlaf into January. (26)

22. San Jose Sharks.  Weren't in the same league as Bolts came to Shark Tank and schooled them, 5-1.  (17)

23. Boston Bruins.   Nice win Friday in Toronto turned into overtime loss after tying goal in last minute. (20)

24. Detroit Red Wings.  Sabres see Little Caesars Arena for the first time Friday night. (21)

25. Minnesota Wild. Five goals in two nights for Zucker, including first career hat trick. (22)

26. Carolina Hurricanes.  Aho still with no goals through 14 games.  (24)

27. Montreal Canadiens.  Lindgren getting the job done in net with Price sidelined. (30)

28. Edmonton Oilers.  McDavid: Hat trick in opener, three goals in the 14 games since. (28)

29. Florida Panthers.  A night against Sabres' woeful attack was all struggling defense needed. (29)

30. Buffalo Sabres. Far more important than hockey:  Pure class from Lehner to honor fallen Buffalo police diver with same surname. (27)

31. Arizona Coyotes.  On a different level of stink from rest of NHL bottom. (31)

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