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

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

1. Vancouver Canucks. Daniel could match Henrik with MVP this season. (1)

2. Washington Capitals. Defense was critical to nine-game winning streak. (3)

3. Philadelphia Flyers. Pronger should be back for the playoffs. (2)

4. Detroit Red Wings. Suburb names street after Lidstrom. Shudda renamed town. (6)

5. San Jose Sharks. Big win over Dallas without suspended Heatley. (4)

6. Tampa Bay Lightning. Shaving heads to raise money for cancer research. (7)

7. Boston Bruins. Bergeron slumping, but Ryder takes seat in press box. (5)

8. Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby skating on his own, a great sign for hockey. (9)

9. Phoenix Coyotes. Stempniak ends 20-game drought during four-game win streak. (12)

10. Montreal Canadiens. Pacioretty could see Chara again in the playoffs. (10)

11. Los Angeles Kings. Five straight at home after four straight W's on road. (11)

12. Chicago Blackhawks. Sharp has 23 goals, 45 points, plus-20 in 'Hawks' 38 wins. (8)

13. Dallas Stars. Lehtonen has an 8-9-3 record since Feb. 1. (14)

14. Calgary Flames. Kiprusoff headed for sixth straight 70-game season. (15)

15. Nashville Predators. Rinne will get strong consideration for Vezina Trophy. (13)

16. New York Rangers. Callahan is everything people like about Chris Drury. (20)

17. Anaheim Ducks. Seven of next eight opponents are fighting for playoff position. (17)

18. Buffalo Sabres. Right about now would be ideal for improving at home. (18)

19. Minnesota Wild. Outscored a combined 14-4 in four straight road losses. (16)

20. Carolina Hurricanes. Ward has 8-1-1 record when stopping 40 shots or more. (19)

21. New Jersey Devils. Very dangerous playoff team -- if they sneak in. (21)

22. Toronto Maple Leafs. MacArthur has first 20-goal, 50-point season. (24)

23. Atlanta Thrashers. Ladd has 14 points in 15-game stretch. (25)

24. Columbus Blue Jackets. Big boys vanish during seven-game slump. (23)

25. St. Louis Blues. For Sale sign found in front of Scottrade Center. (22)

26. Florida Panthers. DeBoer's days behind bench could be numbered. (26)

27. New York Islanders. DiPietro back, six weeks after fight with Johnson. (27)

28. Ottawa Senators. Spezza has 19 points in 18 games since injury. (29)

29. Colorado Avalanche. Foote is expected to retire after the season. (28)

30. Edmonton Oilers. Season can't end, draft can't get here, soon enough. (30)