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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

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

1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Crazy how Sabres ticket market has collapsed: It's $7 on Stubhub to see NHL's best team here Tuesday. (1)

2. St. Louis Blues.  Breakout year for Schenn after trade from Philly. (2)

3. Columbus Blue Jackets. Top of the Metro after six straight wins. (6)

4. Toronto Maple Leafs.  Babcock on Carolina win after yielding 47 shots on goal: "It’ll be a Picasso in the morning."  (3)

5. Winnipeg Jets. A  6-1 stretch has them up to second in the Central. (4)

6. Nashville Predators. Improved to 9-1 in last 10 with blanking of Blues. (12)

7. New Jersey Devils. Another Sabres near-miss: Butcher has 17 points in 22 games. (5)

8. Vegas Golden Knights.   A three-point lead in Pacific after OT win over Sharks. Amazing. (9)

9. New York Islanders.  Tavares is The Franchise for team that is 7-0-2 at home. (10)

10. Washington Capitals.  Three wins in four games includes solid victory over Bolts. (15)

11. New York Rangers.  Lundqvist spooking opponents since Halloween: 9-2, 2.23/.932. (18)

12. Los Angeles Kings.  Gaborik activated off IR for season debut after knee surgery. (8)

13. Minnesota Wild.  Nice tribute by Sabres and fans for return of Ennis, Foligno. (14)

14. Vancouver Canucks.  Rookie Boeser leads team in goals and points (11-11-22). (24)

15. Pittsburgh Penguins.  Go home and home with Sabres Friday and Saturday. Four points required. (7)

16. Calgary Flames. Gaudreau, Monahan both over a point a game. (19)

17. Dallas Stars.  Are 9-2 at home but just 3-8-1 on the road. (22)

18. Boston Bruins.  Overcame bizarre replay review in Crosby's favor to come back against Pens. (26)

19. San Jose Sharks.  Burns finally gets first goal of season in 22nd game. (16)

20. Colorado Avalanche.  Sabres draftee Compher has three goals, three assists in 15 games. (20)

21. Detroit Red Wings. Team Average, with 24 points in 23 games and even in goals at 66-66.  (11)

22. Chicago Blackhawks.  With slumps throughout lineup, slipped into last in Central. (17)

23. Anaheim Ducks. Rugged five-game roadie starts Monday: Chicago, St. Louis, Columbus, Nashville, Vegas. (21)

24. Philadelphia Flyers. Dropped back-to-back OT decisions to Islanders. (23)

25. Carolina Hurricanes. Didn't get rewarded for big effort against Leafs. (25)

26. Ottawa Senators. Duchene with no points, minus-10 rating in first seven games. Yikes. (13)

27. Montreal Canadiens.  Going nowhere without Price and they need the vintage model too. (27)

28. Florida Panthers.  Just six goals in last four games but still went 2-2. (29)

29. Edmonton Oilers.  The Flying McDavids have crash landed. They were terrible here Friday. (28)

30. Buffalo Sabres. Win over Oilers eliminates thought of epic double-digit skid.  (30)

31. Arizona Coyotes. Tocchet suddenly getting results with four wins in five games. (31)

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