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Mike Harrington’s NHL Power Rankings for March 1

(Through Friday night’s games. Most recent in parentheses)

1. Nashville Predators. Super goaltending and blueline. Enough offense for playoffs? (1)

2. Anaheim Ducks. Roared back in third on Kings and may have to do it in playoffs, too. (6)

3. Montreal Canadiens. Sekac for Smith-Pelly seems like good deal for both Habs and Ducks. (5)

4. New York Islanders. Locked up Leddy long-term. Now on to Boychuk. (3)

5. St. Louis Blues. This might finally be the year they get past the Hawks. (2)

6. New York Rangers. NHL’s best goal differential says they should go on a deep run again. (7)

7. Tampa Bay Lightning. Sabres will spend second straight deadline day on lovely Harbour Island. (4)

8. Detroit Red Wings. Came back on Sharks with 31-8 bulge in shots over final two periods. (8).

9. Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby on pace for 29 goals, his lowest in a full season. (11)

10. Chicago Blackhawks. Crusher for Kane, who was on road to bringing Hart to South Buffalo. (9)

11. Washington Capitals. Major buy-in to Trotz’s system clearly apparent. (10)

12. Winnipeg Jets. Myers collects five points in first seven games. (12)

13. Vancouver Canucks. Especially without Miller, they don’t look like a playoff team. (13)

14. Minnesota Wild. Forget deadline deals: Best trade of season was getting Dubynk in January. (17)

15. Los Angeles Kings. Ex-Buffalo D: Sekera joins Regehr, McNabb, McBain. (16)

16. Calgary Flames. NHL-high 10 wins when trailing after two but that’s hard way to survive. (14)

17. San Jose Sharks. Streak of 10 straight playoff seasons definitely in jeopardy. (15)

18. Boston Bruins. Julien unfazed by growing talk of job status. (18)

19. Florida Panthers. Even at 43, Jagr is a super pickup for postseason push. (19)

20. Colorado Avalanche. Went 5-0 vs. Stars to stay on playoff periphery. (21)

21. Dallas Stars. Enroth’s ugly first four games: 0-3, 3.74, .867 (20)

22. Philadelphia Flyers. Somehow hanging in despite recent losses to Sabres, Canes and Leafs. (22)

23. Ottawa Senators. While most slept, Hammond blanked Ducks and Kings on back-to-back nights. (23)

24. New Jersey Devils. Newark, both city and franchise, has to be McDavid’s least desirable destination. (24)

25. Columbus Blue Jackets. Moronic move to solve Leafs’ cap problem, even getting live body for Horton. (25).

26. Toronto Maple Leafs. Miraculous move by GM Nonis to get out from under Clarkson contract. (26)

27. Carolina Hurricanes. Continue to insist Staals aren’t going anywhere. (27)

28. Arizona Coyotes. Look as bad as Sabres did during their 0-12 January. (28)

29. Edmonton Oilers. Loss of Hall has been glaring in recent games. (29)

30. Buffalo Sabres. Tankers sweating profusely but Murray poised to put them at ease. (30)

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