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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

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

1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Opponents adjusting to Stamkos line and others must pick up slack. (1)

2. Winnipeg Jets.  Went 9-3-2 in November and suddenly took West lead with no one paying attention. (5)

3. Toronto Maple Leafs.  Good thing Sabres don't play them until March. (4)

4. St. Louis Blues. Suddenly dropped three out of four. (2)

5. Columbus Blue Jackets.  Home-and-home set with Devils should be a fun matchup. (3)

6. Nashville Predators.  With 7-2-1 run, looking like the team we saw in the spring. (6)

7. Los Angeles Kings.  Doesn't look like they're missing the playoffs this year. (12)

8. New Jersey Devils. No tank required: They fixed things in one offseason through shrewd moves, like trade for Ducks Vatanen. (7)

9. New York Islanders.  Barzal posts first point streak of 7-plus games by Isles rookie since Okposo's eight-gamer in '09. (9)

10. Pittsburgh Penguins.  "Goal by No. 87, Sidney Crosby. Assist to No. 55, Rasmus Ristolainen." (15)

11. Vegas Golden Knights.  Three straight losses mark first real bump of amazing season. (8)

12. San Jose Sharks.  Couture already at 13 goals, on pace for first season over 40. (19)

13. Washington Capitals.  Ovechkin up to 18 goals, on a 57-goal pace. (10)

14. New York Rangers.  NHL-high 11 wins at MSG, but just 3-5-2 on the road. (11)

15. Calgary Flames.  Gaudreau with 34 points in 24 games, as whole league benefits from slashing crackdown his injury brought to the fore. (16)

16. Chicago Blackhawks.  What must Kane & Co. be thinking about Friday's visit by Sabres? (22)

17. Dallas Stars.  Are 9-2 at home and starting to make hay in the Central.  (17)

18. Minnesota Wild.  Weird group. Three straight shutouts, then gave up 30 goals in next seven games. (13)

19. Vancouver Canucks.  Nifty goal from the slot by Daniel Sedin for 1,000th point. (14)

20. Boston Bruins. Khudobin (7-0-2/2.22/.932) has stolen crease from Rask. (18)

21. Montreal Canadiens.  Drouin has just five goals, minus-8 rating. (27)

22. Anaheim Ducks.  Deal for Devils' Henrique gets much needed help at center. (23)

23. Colorado Avalanche. Sabres there Tuesday,  without a win in the Rockies since 2005. (20)

24. Detroit Red Wings.  Just 4-5-4 in inaugural season at Little Caesars. (21)

25. Carolina Hurricanes.  Hamsters on the wheel at the quarter pole. (25)

26. Philadelphia Flyers. Hakstol has hottest seat in league among coaches right now. (24)

27. Ottawa Senators.  Stopped seven-game slide with 6-5 win in Brooklyn. (26)

28. Florida Panthers. Went 3-2 while playing five one-goal games in six-game stretch. (28)

29. Edmonton Oilers. Horrible own-goal by Russell hands win to Leafs with 1:05 left.  (29)

30. Arizona Coyotes.  Lost all their momentum from Eastern Canada sweep with 1-3-1 slide. (31)

31. Buffalo Sabres. No deer-in-the-headlights time allowed for Botterill. Do something. Anything. (30)

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