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

(Through Thursday night's games, last week in parentheses)

1 Washington Capitals. Franchise-record six straight wins to start the season. (2)

2 Detroit Red Wings. Long layoff interrupts 4-0 start. (1)

3 Buffalo Sabres. Relax, people. Leino will be just fine. (6)

4 Los Angeles Kings. Doughty out with upper-body injury. Shhh, it's his shoulder. (3)

5 Chicago Blackhawks. Crawford says his head is completely clear, a good sign. (9)

6 Philadelphia Flyers. Rookie RW Matt Read has six points in six games. (4)

7 Colorado Avalanche. Even in losses, Varlamov has been superb. (13)

8 Pittsburgh Penguins. Neal playing like he needs a contract extension. (10)

9 Toronto Maple Leafs. Kessel has another fast start with 12 points in five games. (12)

10 San Jose Sharks. Jumbo Joe's 1,000th NHL game was 468th with Sharks. (7)

11 Boston Bruins. Thomas didn't have two regulation losses last year until Nov. 26. (11)

12 Dallas Stars. Benn scores a YouTube beauty against Columbus. (19)

13 Vancouver Canucks. Kesler returns after missing first five games. (5)

14 Tampa Bay Lightning. Six special teams goals allowed in loss to Panthers. (8)

15 New Jersey Devils. Hedberg brilliant while filling in for Brodeur. (15)

16 Anaheim Ducks. Perry nets winners on back-to-back nights. (20)

17 Carolina Hurricanes. Ward stops 98 of 104 shots during three-game streak. (16)

18 New York Rangers. Avery: "I can still play in the NHL." (14)

19 Edmonton Oilers. Smyth scores winner on Ryan Smyth Bobblehead Night. (21)

20 New York Islanders. Tavares could have 40 goals, 90 points this season. (22)

21 Calgary Flames. Morrison returns from March knee injury. (17)

22 Nashville Predators. West Seneca native Mueller shouldn't be in AHL for very long. (18)

23 Florida Panthers. Kennedy promoted just in time to play his hometown team. (23)

24 Phoenix Coyotes. Tippett looking for more bang from Torres. (27)

25 Montreal Canadiens. Habs score three goals in Price's four regulation losses. (24)

26 Winnipeg Jets. Goaltending remains a serious issue, as it was in Atlanta. (25)

27 Minnesota Wild. Koivu starts slow on top line with Heatley. (28)

28 St. Louis Blues. Hockey season doesn't start till baseball ends. (26)

29 Ottawa Senators. D Karlsson has seven assists in first six games. (30)

30 Columbus Blue Jackets. Carter's injury makes bad situation worse. (29)

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