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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. Record is 21-2-1 since beginning of November. (1)

2 Chicago Blackhawks. Playing 8 of 9 at home, where they have been terrific. (2)

3 New York Rangers. Gaborik lighting it up going into Winter Classic. (5)

4 Detroit Red Wings. Lidstrom is plus-447 with 500 PIM in his career. (6)

5 Vancouver Canucks. Steady climb back to first place in the division. (4)

6 Philadelphia Flyers. Praying to hockey gods for good weather Monday. (3)

7 Pittsburgh Penguins. Staal, 23, becomes seventh youngest to play 400 games. (10)

8 St. Louis Blues. Leading scorers Steen, Backes were 83rd in the league. (9)

9 Florida Panthers. Prospects make best of opportunities presented by injuries. (8)

10 Minnesota Wild. Seven-game winless streak follows seven-game winning streak. (7)

11 San Jose Sharks. Three-headed goalie situation is fine for now. (12)

12 Nashville Predators. Franchise defenseman Weber joins concussed NHL stars. (13)

13 Dallas Stars. Keeping eye on G Jack Campbell at world junior championships. (11)

14 Los Angeles Kings. Record was 68-0-4 when leading after two since 2008-09. (16)

15 New Jersey Devils. Kovy has 11 goals, plus one against the Devils. (17)

16 Toronto Maple Leafs. Wilson finds extension waiting under Christmas tree. (15)

17 Phoenix Coyotes. Short distance between third and ninth in the conference. (14)

18 Ottawa Senators. Pretty new scoreboard but ugly game against Habs. (18)

19 Colorado Avalanche. Home winning streak, road losing streak are halted. (23)

20 Calgary Flames. Had 43-26-13 record in first 82 games under GM Feaster. (20)

21 Washington Capitals. First time outside Top 8 this deep into year since 2007-08. (21)

22 Winnipeg Jets. Kane scores 50th of career, might someday score 50 in a season. (19)

23 Buffalo Sabres. Easy move is sending back Kassian. Smart move is keeping him. (22)

24 Edmonton Oilers. Whitney has been skating around on one wheel. (25)

25 Montreal Canadiens. Cunneyworth gets first win after four straight losses. (26)

26 Tampa Bay Lightning. Brewer, Hedman banged up in blowout win over Flyers. (24)

27 New York Islanders. Two wins in 11 games vs. Atlantic Division foes. (27)

28 Anaheim Ducks. Win over Sharks in San Jose was first on the road in 13 games. (29)

29 Carolina Hurricanes. G Ward scored more than 18 forwards who played at least 20 games. (28)

30 Columbus Blue Jackets. Arnie's Army has been shooting blanks all season. (30)