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Mike Harrington’s NHL Power Rankings for Dec. 21

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

1. Chicago Blackhawks. Game of the Week honors to tonight’s visit by Leafs. (2)

2. Anaheim Ducks. Need a goalie. Bryzgalov is not the answer. (1)

3. Pittsburgh Penguins. Quickie two-game Florida jaunt prior to Xmas break. (4)

4. Tampa Bay Lightning. Showdown with Mumps, er, Pens Tuesday night in Tampa. (3)

5. St. Louis Blues. Rumor mill churning they will add toughness to deal with Hawks, Kings. (8)

6. New York Islanders. Fascinated to watch the other Tavares live here on Saturday. (10)

7. Nashville Predators. NHL-best 12-2-1 at home. (6)

8. Montreal Canadiens. Late, cheap hit on Pacioretty by Ducks’ Stoner deserved a much closer look. (7)

9. Detroit Red Wings. Just imagine if Zetterberg and Franzen start scoring. (5)

10. Toronto Maple Leafs. Pay-the-piper, seven-game roadie upcoming as World Juniors move in. (14)

11. Winnipeg Jets. Name of Peg sports bar that hooked me up to watch Sabres-Sens? Hat Tricks. Of course. (11)

12. San Jose Sharks. Nearly lost to Oilers again. No props for late comeback. (13)

13. Vancouver Canucks. Miller in 16 wins: 1.79/.933. Miller in seven losses: 5.37/.804. No typos there. (9)

14. Los Angeles Kings. Champs are still chumps on road, with 4-7-5 record. (15)

15. Florida Panthers. Eight regulation losses in first 30 games is how you stay relevant. (16)

16. Washington Capitals. Imagine enduring a 20-round shootout and losing. (19)

17. Calgary Flames. Told-you-sos striking from analytics hounds as their losing streak hits seven. (12)

18. Boston Bruins. So not big and bad anymore that Lucic might be on the block, perhaps to Blues. (18)

19. New York Rangers. Cup finalists still on outside of East playoff race as holiday approaches. (20)

20. Minnesota Wild. Keep waiting for them to wake up. Maybe they’re actually just overrated. (17)

21. Ottawa Senators. Classic new-coach bump: 3-1-1 in first five under Cameron. (21)

22. Dallas Stars. Back to .500 with three straight wins. Lindy can exhale a little. (25)

23. New Jersey Devils. With NHL-worst four home wins, pressure building on coach DeBoer. (22)

24. Columbus Blue Jackets. Just when they get on a roll, Jenner goes down for 1-2 months. Ouch. (27).

25. Colorado Avalanche. Trivia answer to first visiting team to practice in HarborCenter. (23)

26. Buffalo Sabres. Second road PP goal all season Tuesday in Winnipeg. (26)

27. Philadelphia Flyers. A McEichel sleeper, especially if Mason is down long-term. (24)

28. Arizona Coyotes. Have to say something about them every week? Got nothing. (28)

29. Carolina Hurricanes. Scored one goal for six straight games until surprising Leafs. (29)

30. Edmonton Oilers. A 2-1 win over Sharks on Dec. 7 away from 18-game winless streak. (30)

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