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Power Rankings / Bucky Gleason ranks the NHL from top to bottom

(Through Thursday's games; last week in parentheses)

1. Philadelphia Flyers. Cap limits options after Pronger's injury. (3)

2. Pittsburgh Penguins. How was your meal at the Chop House? (6)

3. Detroit Red Wings. Lidstrom, 40, is oldest NHLer to record 1st hat trick. (1)

4. Montreal Canadiens. Seven-game roadie begins today in Colorado. (4)

5. Washington Capitals. Boudreau sets NHL record for F-bombs in 60 seconds. (2)

6. New York Rangers. Boyle has 12 goals, matching total in first three years. (12)

7. Tampa Bay Lightning. Off to best start in franchise history. (7)

8. Atlanta Thrashers. Ten wins in 12 games tightens division race. (15)

9. Boston Bruins. Recchi becomes ninth to play 1,600 NHL games. (5)

10. Vancouver Canucks. Top rated PP one key to 7-1-1 stretch. (9)

11. Anaheim Ducks. G Hiller is 4-0-1 with 2.03 GAA in last five starts. (13)

12. Dallas Stars. Did you expect them to lead division after 30 games? (17)

13. Colorado Avalanche. Ex-Cap Fleishmann takes off after trade. (19)

14. Nashville Predators. Twelve goals from 11 players in four straight wins. (22)

15. San Jose Sharks. Five of Couture's 15 goals have been winners. (11)

16. Los Angeles Kings. Kings at home, paupers on the road. (8)

17. St. Louis Blues. McClement tied for 735th with minus-12. (16)

18. Phoenix Coyotes. Glendale vote will keep the dogs in the desert. (18)

19. Columbus Blue Jackets. Filatov hasn't scored in the AHL, either. (14)

20. Chicago Blackhawks. Kane expected back this week after ankle injury. (10)

21. Carolina Hurricanes. Staal has 29 points in first 29 games. (21)

22. Minnesota Wild. Season is going from bad to worse, especially at home. (20)

23. Calgary Flames. Ex-Leaf Hagman plays well in win against former team. (25)

24. Ottawa Senators. Leclaire wins two straight for first time in nearly a year. (23)

25. Buffalo Sabres. Stafford has the talent to score 30 in this league. (24)

26. Edmonton Oilers. First Canadian team with cheerleaders. Nickname: Octane. (28)

27. Florida Panthers. Vokoun makes inexcusable blunder against Hurricanes. (26)

28. Toronto Maple Leafs. MacArthur fails to score in 19 of 20 games after great start. (29)

29. New Jersey Devils. Last in league in PP opportunities. (27)

30. New York Islanders. Point total through 28 GP is lowest in NHL in 13 years. (30)