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

Last week in parentheses

1 Anaheim Ducks: Second-year RW Perry has six goals, nine points in seven games. (1)

2 Buffalo Sabres: Strong statement after back-to-back losses. (2)

3 San Jose Sharks: Thornton back from slump with 10 assists in seven games. (5)

4 Detroit Red Wings: Maltby ends 43-game goal-scoring drought. (3)

5 Montreal Canadiens: Good team hiding in weeds, much like 2005-06 Sabres. (7)

6 Nashville Predators: Former Sabres pick Nichol has major brain cramp. (4)

7 Atlanta Thrashers: How many relocated WNYers are in town this weekend? (6)

8 Dallas Stars: After an 11-2 start, the Stars go 10-11 in their next 21 games. (8)

9 Carolina Hurricanes: Need more production from bottom two lines. (11)

10 New Jersey Devils: Elias, Martin a combined minus-24 on good team. (9)

11 Calgary Flames: Blizzard postpones Tanguay's return to Denver. (14)

12 New York Rangers: Four-game losing streak includes collapse against Panthers. (10)

13 Minnesota Wild: Wild at home, Mild on the road. (13)

14 New York Islanders: Trades create $5 million in cap room for offensive needs. (15)

15 Edmonton Oilers: Wanted: defenseman who can move puck to speedy forwards. (12)

16 Ottawa Senators: Tempers flare in practice after 7-2 loss to Bruins. (19)

17 Washington Capitals: Injuries piling up for team that can't afford them. (16)

18 Toronto Maple Leafs: Gill gets booed every time he touches the puck -- at home. (18)

19 Pittsburgh Penguins: Crosby is the best player in the game, period. (17)

20 Boston Bruins: Savard dominates with five goals, 10 points in five-game stretch. (21)

21 Colorado Avalanche: Good heavens, toughen up. What's a few feet of snow? (22)

22 Chicago Blackhawks: Hawks averaging 3.6 goals with Havlat, 1.7 without him. (24)

23 Vancouver Canucks: Only department at high level is "Vote For Rory" campaign. (20)

24 Tampa Bay Lightning: Tortorella scolds himself during 1-7-1 stretch. (23)

25 Florida Panthers: Christmas comes early with three-game winning streak. (27)

26 Los Angeles Kings: No crime in losing to Sharks and Stars, but 5-2 to the Blues? (25)

27 Columbus Blue Jackets: Hitchcock doing his part to sell fans on Jackets. (26)

28 Phoenix Coyotes: Really, Gretz, isn't enough enough? (29)

29 St: Louis Blues. Tkachuk leads league in minor penalties. (30)

30 Philadelphia Flyers: York immediately thrown on No. 1 line. (28)

e-mail: bgleason@buffnews.com

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