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Power Rankings / Bucky Gleason ranks all 30 NHL teams (through Thursday's games)

Last week in parentheses

1 Anaheim Ducks: Selanne leads best team with 30 points in 19-game span. (2)

2 Buffalo Sabres: No. 1 teams don't kiss away points in Washington, Florida. (1)

3 San Jose Sharks: Former No. 1 pick Bernier coming into his own. (3)

4 Atlanta Thrashers: Vick arguing that Les Thrash was No. 1, right? (4)

5 Detroit Red Wings: Datsyuk ends 15-game goal-scoring drought. (7)

6 Nashville Predators: Dumont on pace for 18 goals, 54 points. (4)

7 Dallas Stars: Injuries to Modano, Lindros appear minor. (6)

8 Montreal Canadiens: Have a 1-19-4 record in New Jersey since 1993. (8)

9 New Jersey Devils: Gomez nowhere near justifying $5 million arbitration award. (13)

10 Edmonton Oilers: McGeough manages to draw more boos than Pronger. (12)

11 Carolina Hurricanes: Start four-game roadie with two losses by combined 6-1. (9)

12 N.Y. Rangers: Lundqvist stopped first 22 shots in shootouts this season. (11)

13 Minnesota Wild: Had seven wins in shootouts, six in regulation. (14)

14 Toronto Maple Leafs: Six-game skid includes 18-2 drubbing in third periods. (10)

15 Ottawa Senators: Ten wins in 12 games before loss to Caps. (15)

16 Calgary Flames: Eight straight home wins contrast 3-7-3 record on the road.

17 N.Y. Islanders: Zhitnik tied for sixth in NHL with plus-14. (17)

18 Boston Bruins: Thomas carrying team back to respectability with 11-4-1 stretch. (19)

19 Tampa Bay Lightning: Bolts should retire No. 25. In fact, so should Sabres. (20)

20 Washington Capitals: Winning streak comes against Bolts, Stars, Swords, Sens. (23)

21 Pittsburgh Penguins: One victory in eight-game stretch against conference foes. (15)

22 Colorado Avalanche: Hits bottom after 3-0 home loss to Blue Jackets. (21)

23 Vancouver Canucks: Averaging 2.11 goals per game, worst in the NHL. (22)

24 Florida Panthers: Sabres weren't the only team Nieuwendyk abused in his career. (25)

25 L.A. Kings: The next third-period rally to win will be their first. (24)

26 Chicago Blackhawks: Can Havlat restore hope after 6-9-4 record without him? (29)

27 Philadelphia Flyers: Seriously, Nedved's minus-18 in 19 games is an accomplishment. (27)

28 Columbus Blue Jackets: Two straight road wins, both shutouts, mark franchise first. (30)

29 Phoenix Coyotes: Entered Saturday outscored, 8-0, by Stars in three games. (28)

30 St. Louis Blues: A six-game losing streak renders the Blues clueless. (26)

e-mail: bgleason@buffnews.com

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