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Power Rankings / Bucky Gleason ranks the NHL

Final rankings (preseason rankings in parentheses)

1 Buffalo Sabres: Unfortunately, Stanley Cups aren't won in weekly rankings. (3)

2 Detroit Red Wings: Datsyuk breaks 26-game postseason scoring slump. (5)

3 Anaheim Ducks: Can they get back to the conference finals? Yes. (10)

4 Nashville Predators: Sullivan near return from back spasms. (14)

5 New Jersey Devils: Five goals were a week's worth against Lightning. (18)

6 San Jose Sharks: Hit on Cheechoo was ugly, but it wasn't dirty. (2)

7 Dallas Stars: Writers might as well forget deadline, grab a beer for fourth OT. (7)

8 Vancouver Canucks: Luongo would have played until Friday for a win. (4)

9 Ottawa Senators: Could have named the score against Penguins in Game One. (6)

10 Pittsburgh Penguins: Don't cheer too loud. The Igloo might fall down. (24)

11 Minnesota Wild: Outmuscled, outplayed and outscored by Ducks in opener. (8)

12 New York Rangers: At least first-round opponent didn't need a broom. (9)

13 Atlanta Thrashers: Marian loses first round to Marcel in Hossa versus Hossa. (13)

14 Tampa Bay Lightning: Beat the Devils so I can return to Florida. (15)

15 Calgary Flames: Iginla had no shots on goal in playoff-opening loss. (16)

16 New York Islanders: Shots on goal at Game One's start would have helped. (21)

17 Colorado Avalanche: Can build on 15-2-2 finish for next year. (20)

18 Toronto Maple Leafs: Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Sorry. (27)

19 Montreal Canadiens: Choke (chOk), verb. To lose final two games, miss playoffs. (17)

20 Carolina Hurricanes: Look at the bright side -- of the Stanley Cup. (1)

21 Florida Panthers: Jokinen has played 641 games without making playoffs. (26)

22 St. Louis Blues: Good to see Jay McKee in HSBC supporting his ex-mates. (12)

23 Boston Bruins: Getting outscored, 108-59, in third reveals poor conditioning. (19)

24 Columbus Blue Jackets: Were shut out 17 times, a post-expansion record. (28)

25 Chicago Blackhawks: Best news was getting No. 1 pick. Don't blow it. (22)

26 Washington Capitals: Only the Flyers allowed more goals this season. (30)

27 Phoenix Coyotes: Call Dudley, Luce before hiring next general manager. (23)

28 Los Angeles Kings: Four highest-scoring forwards are 24 or younger. (29)

29 Edmonton Oilers: Don't worry, Ryan Smyth will soon be back home. (25)

30 Philadelphia Flyers: Sabres beat them so bad, it killed their whole season. (11)

e-mail: bgleason@buffnews.com

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