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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Hedman out 3-6 weeks but escaped major knee damage. (1) 2. Vegas Golden Knights.  Stayed atop Western Conference even through their bye week. (2) 3. Washington Capitals.  Beagle fetches a bone -- game-winning goal in final two seconds at Carolina. (5) 4. Winnipeg Jets.  Helleb…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Even in defeat, Vasilevskiy impressive with 37 saves vs. Habs. (1) 2. Vegas Golden Knights.  Won in Chicago a night after eight-game winning streak ended in St. Louis. (2) 3. Winnipeg Jets. Speedy lineup was a tough matchup for Sabres.  (8) 4. St. Louis Blues.  Schenn makes em…

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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) https://twitter.com/PR_NHL/s…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. On pace to score 314 goals, which would be NHL's highest total since '95-96 Pens, Avs and Wings. (1) 2. Vegas Golden Knights. Send Xmas cards to Panthers for Marchessault (team-high 31 points) and Smith (25 points). (5) 3. Los Angeles Kings. Gaborik and Brown both hit 1,000-game p…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  With 23 wins in first 31 games, they're up to a 127-point pace. (1) 2. Nashville Predators. Averaging 4.5 goals per game in December. (4) 3. St. Louis Blues. Offense suffering with Schwartz, Pietrangelo out with injuries. (3) 4. Los Angeles Kings. Gaborik scores at MSG in 1,00…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.   Took just 28 games for Bolts to be first to 20 wins. (1) 2. Los Angeles Kings.  Seven-game winning streak is longest in league this season. (7) 3. St. Louis Blues.  Sabres in for NHL's best combo of speed and heavy hockey here Sunday. (4) 4. Nashville Predators. P.K. loses fi…

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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. Sudden…

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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.  …

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Through all the goals, it's easy to overlook Vasilevskiy's NHL-leading 14 wins in the net. (1) 2. St. Louis Blues. Entered weekend leading West in wins (14), points (29) and goals (66).  (2) 3 Toronto Maple Leafs.  Hard to believe they could win first four without Matthews. (4) …

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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 Matt…

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Through Friday's games. Preseason rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos is stampeding, with NHL-best 18 assists and 24 points in 14 games. (1) 2. Los Angeles Kings. Healthy Quick (8-2-1, 1.99/.939) is biggest reason for 10-2-1 start that's best in franchise history. (2) 3. St. Louis Blues.  Rolling along even as Bouwmeester and Berglund have yet…

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Through Friday's games. Preseason rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos-Kucherov first NHL duo to open season with 11-game point streaks since 1992. (1) 2. Los Angeles Kings. Quick makes 40 saves to shut out Habs in 500th NHL game. (4) 3. St. Louis Blues.  Huge start for Schwartz with 15 points in 11 games. (3) 4. Pittsburgh Penguins.  Two st…

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Through Friday's games. Preseason rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. With Stamkos back, they look Cup-ready as advertised (7) 2. Toronto Maple Leafs.  How much is Matthews going to get this summer on his extension? (5) 3. St. Louis Blues.   Stastny gets 600th career point in win over Avs. (3) 4. Los Angeles Kings. Seem to have quickly found their …

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Through Friday's games. Preseason rankings in parentheses. 1. Washington Capitals. Hottest start of Ovechkin's career puts him back on path to 50 again. (5) 2. Chicago Blackhawks. Quenneville hot over penalty for failed toenail challenge. (6) 3. St. Louis Blues.  Pieterangelo averaging over 26 minutes on blueline during 4-1 start. (17) 4. Detroit Red Wings. Got…

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1. Pittsburgh Penguins. Champs start on top in bid for first three-peat since '80s Islanders. 2. Edmonton Oilers. No. 97 on a quest of his own to hoist the Cup just like No. 99 used to do. 3. Nashville Predators. Housley brings his style to Buffalo; too bad he can't bring the NHL's best atmosphere inside and outside an arena. 4. Anaheim Ducks. Ryan Miller's best c…