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Power Rankings / Bucky Gleason ranks the NHL top to bottom

(Through Thursday's games, Last week in parentheses)


1 Detroit Red Wings. NHL-record 21 straight victories at home. (1)

2 New York Rangers. Ryansanity? Callahan has 8 goals in 11 games. (2)

3 Vancouver Canucks. Acquiring Nash is unlikely, but what about Carter? (3)

4 St. Louis Blues. McDonald returns after missing 51 games with concussion. (5)

5 Boston Bruins. Boychuk signs three-year contract extension for $10 million. (4)

6 Nashville Predators. Rookie D Ellis itches scratch with two points vs. 'Hawks. (6)

7 Pittsburgh Penguins. Staal would be on 37-goal pace if he stayed healthy. (8)

8 Philadelphia Flyers. When all else fails, cancel practice and play poker. (7)

9 San Jose Sharks. Thornton, Pavelski combine for 22 points in seven games. (10)

10 New Jersey Devils. Kovy's previous hat trick was three years, one day earlier. (11)

11 Ottawa Senators. Jason Spezza has five goals, 13 points in five-game streak. (14)

12 Florida Panthers. Erratic play leads to lopsided wins and losses since All-Star break. (16)

13 Chicago Blackhawks. Losing streak prompts calls for Q's dismissal. (9)

14 Los Angeles Kings. Guilty of poor timing in announcing ticket-price hike. (13)

15 Toronto Maple Leafs. Scratching healthy Schenn fuels trade speculation. (12)

16 Phoenix Coyotes. Five straight wins before shootout loss to Canucks. (18)

17 Calgary Flames. Charge continues despite five forwards sidelined with injuries. (21)

18 Washington Capitals. Kolzig says Ovechkin should stop playing "rock star" role. (15)

19 Colorado Avalanche. Muller suffered injury in midsection, not another concussion. (19)

20 Dallas Stars. Nieuwendyk makes it work with one of the NHL's smallest payrolls. (20)

21 Winnipeg Jets. Thorburn: no goals in first 49 GP, then three in next seven. (22)

22 Minnesota Wild. C Kyle Brodziak in preliminary talks for contract extension. (17)

23 New York Islanders. Moulson is one of the NHL's most underrated players. (23)

24 Anaheim Ducks. Selanne ties Shanny for 12th place all-time with 656th goal. (28)

25 Montreal Canadiens. Chara disappointed that fans cheered after he was injured. (26)

26 Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos has 33 of 39 goals at even strength. (24)

27 Carolina Hurricanes. Ruutu's injury quiets trade talk with deadline approaching. (27)

28 Buffalo Sabres. With big expectations come big disappointments. (25)

29 Edmonton Oilers. Renney still battling concussion after getting hit with puck. (29)

30 Columbus Blue Jackets. Rangers look like the best landing place for Nash. (30)