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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

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

1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Kucherov keeps rolling on, maintaining 118-point pace. (1)

2. Vegas Golden Knights.  Mind-boggling facts keep piling up: First expansion team ever to win six games in a row. (2)

3. New Jersey Devils.  Hall got hosed on toenail challenge Friday. (8)

4. Nashville Predators.  After offseason knee surgery, looks like Ellis' debut is imminent. (4)

5. Los Angeles Kings. Brown joins Gaborik as member of 1,000-game club. (3)

6. Washington Capitals. Endured Sabres-like scoreless streak of  177:32 before finally scoring to beat Bruins. (5)

7. Toronto Maple Leafs.  New Year's Eve in Vegas? Now that's some good scheduling right there. (10)

8. Winnipeg Jets.  Losing Schiefele for 6-8 weeks is a major blow to Central title hopes. (6)

9. St. Louis Blues.  Fell to 2-6 in first eight games without Schwartz. (7)

10. Columbus Blue Jackets. Torts' hate for Pens grows after 4-2 lead is blown in last six minutes of shootout loss. (9)

11. Boston Bruins.  In non-Gallant Division,  Cassidy should gets lots of Coach of the Year notice. (12)

12. New York Rangers. Lundqvist is one of Lehner's favorites as they head to Winter Classic. (11)

13. Dallas Stars. Radulov strikes twice late to beat the Blues.  (13)

14. San Jose Sharks.  Slow, steady climb to third in the Pacific. (14)

15. New York Islanders. Barzal's rush on OT winner broke shift-tired Ristolainen's ankles. (16)

16. Carolina Hurricanes.  Win over Pens was fifth straight at home to close 2017. (21)

17. Minnesota Wild.  Hit weekend as only team dead even in goal differential at 110-110. (17)

18. Chicago Blackhawks. Kane's OT goal Friday in Edmonton was patently ridiculous. (15)

19. Anaheim Ducks. Have won 26 of last 27 at home vs. Flames.  (20)

20. Calgary Flames. Hard-to-figure 9-11 home record hurting their hopes. (18)

21. Philadelphia Flyers. Already at 31 starts, Elliott will make most appearances in goal since 2010. (22)

22. Pittsburgh Penguins.  They are stunningly mediocre with no end in sight. (19)

23. Colorado Avalanche. Old friend Compher beats Leafs in OT. (25)

24. Edmonton Oilers.  The streak had to be coming. (26)

25. Vancouver Canucks. Boeser fastest in franchise history to 25 goals. (24)

26. Montreal Canadiens.  Have eight of 11 at home in January but it might be too late. (23)

27. Detroit Red Wings. Only five goals but Larkin leads team in scoring with 31 points.  (27)

28. Ottawa Senators.  Plus-minus isn't everything but Karlsson's minus-18 is still stunning. (29)

29. Florida Panthers.  What were they thinking letting Marchessault go to Vegas? Yikes. (28)

30. Buffalo Sabres.  Eichel as hot as ever, just in time for the Big Show in the Big Apple. (30)

31. Arizona Coyotes.  Seems like Duclair is on the market.  (31)

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