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Power Rankings / Bucky Gleason ranks all 30 NHL teams

1 Buffalo Sabres: Forget the records. Swords are still 16 victories short. (2)

2 Detroit Red Wings: Strong year confirms GM Ken Holland is best in the biz. (1)

3 Anaheim Ducks: Marchant's injury could spell trouble in the postseason. (4)

4 San Jose Sharks: Franchise records for wins and points aren't enough. (7)

5 Nashville Predators: Kariya's 500th career assist one of few recent highlights. (3)

6 New Jersey Devils: Lamoriello takes pressure off his players, puts it on himself. (10)

7 Pittsburgh Penguins: No need to wait long for another crack at Senators. (5)

8 Vancouver Canucks: Vigneault much better behind bench this time around. (6)

9 Ottawa Senators: Can they stop the Penguins' second-half surge? (9)

10 Dallas Stars: Turco needs to avoid another playoff meltdown. (8)

11Minnesota Wild: Mini-slump just a breather after clinching playoff spot. (11)

12 New York Rangers: Blueshirts go 8-1-1 down the stretch to secure spot. (14)

13Atlanta Thrashers: Waddell likely saves job after building first playoff team. (13)

14 Calgary Flames: Huselius has career season a year after leaving Panthers. (12)

15 Tampa Bay Lightning: D Boyle scores 20th goal in big win over Hurricanes. (16)

16 Montreal Canadiens: Huet's return made decision difficult for finale. (15)

17 New York Islanders: GM Snow should've waived Dunham, re-signed himself. (19)

18 Toronto Maple Leafs: Ever think big problem is players, not the coaching? (18)

19 Colorado Avalanche: If only Iverson, 'Melo could create the same chemistry. (17)

20 Carolina Hurricanes: Champs become chumps in one season. (20)

21 Florida Panthers: Best description of 1-0 loss to Caps: Zzzzzzz. (21)

22 St: Louis Blues: Murray coaching Canada in world championships. (23)

23 Boston Bruins: Chara's view of plus-minus ratio is plus-$7.5 million. (22)

24 Columbus Blue Jackets: At least they won't lose another title to Florida. (24)

25 Chicago Blackhawks: Who quarterbacked the power play, Rex Grossman? (25)

26 Washington Capitals: Season ended before Jakub Klepis era could begin. (26)

27 Phoenix Coyotes: Good news is it's short drive to the golf course. (28)

28 Los Angeles Kings: You can see why Jack Nicholson cheers for the Lakers. (27)

29 Edmonton Oilers: They tried catching Flyers for last but ran out of time. (29)

30 Philadelphia Flyers: Broad Street Bunnies wishing you a Happy Easter. (30)

Last week in parentheses

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