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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 Boston Bruins. Lucic suspension was a matter of time. (3)

2 Chicago Blackhawks. Are 41-10-8 in 2nd game of back-to-back under Quenneville. (2)

3 Philadelphia Flyers. Giroux has four points in first game after concussion. (1)

4 Vancouver Canucks. Boos turn back to Louuuuu's during 7-0-1 stretch. (6)

5 New York Rangers. HBO would be wise to get microphone on Biron. (7)

6 Detroit Red Wings. NHL's best record (13-2-1) and most goals (67) at home. (5)

7 Minnesota Wild. Koivu tops long list of walking wounded. (4)

8 Florida Panthers. Weiss becomes seventh forward sidelined by injury. (10)

9 St. Louis Blues. Elliott leads NHL goalies in everything but salary -- $600,000. (9)

10 Pittsburgh Penguins. Lovejoy returns just in time from broken wrist. (8)

11 Dallas Stars. Ryder could reach 30 goals, matching a career-high. (11)

12 San Jose Sharks. Havlat sidelined after surgery for torn hamstring. (14)

13 Nashville Predators. They would be lost without D-men Weber, Suter. (12)

14 Phoenix Coyotes. Whitney's friends in Raleigh hold "Bring back Ray" signs in RBC. (15)

15 Toronto Maple Leafs. Kessel, Lupul account for one-third of their scoring. (13)

16 Los Angeles Kings. Expect better work ethic, more passion under Sutter. (19)

17 New Jersey Devils. Ten short-handed goals allowed is, by far, most in NHL. (18)

18 Ottawa Senators. Turris hoping new team can bring out untapped potential. (20)

19 Winnipeg Jets. DMV makes 20,000 license plates w/Jets' logo. Sold out in one day. (25)

20 Calgary Flames. Seven-game roadie during World Junior Championships. (24)

21 Washington Capitals. Ovechkin, Backstrom, Semin score in same game, a first since Oct. 30, 2010. (16)

22 Buffalo Sabres. Strange plus-minuses: Ehrhoff, minus-11; Gragnani, plus-11. (17)

23 Colorado Avalanche. Seventh straight home win equals Colorado team record. (26)

24 Tampa Bay Lightning. Arena following newspaper, to be renamed Tampa Bay Times. (22)

25 Edmonton Oilers. Jones proving his 18 goals last season weren't a fluke. (23)

26 Montreal Canadiens. Winning is far more important than speaking French. (21)

27 New York Islanders. Nabokov back after groin injury sidelined him Nov. 17. (30)

28 Carolina Hurricanes. Losing continues under Muller. Maybe it's the players. (27)

29 Anaheim Ducks. 2-6-2 under Boudreau, 0-9-4 in last 13 road games. (29)

30 Columbus Blue Jackets. Umberger, Vermette total 27 points in 34 GP. Last year: 104 points in 82 GP. (28)