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Mike Harrington’s NHL Power Rankings for Dec. 6

(Through Friday night’s games. Last week’s rankings in parentheses).

1. Dallas Stars. No back-to-back losses because they’re great closers: Have scored NHL-high 10 empty-net goals. (1)

2. Montreal Canadiens. Missing Price for a week is one thing. A month or more is something else entirely. (2)

3. Washington Capitals. Holtby boosts career record vs. Habs to 7-0-2. (4)

4. New York Rangers. Poised for a drop if Lundqvist hits a slump. (3)

5. St. Louis Blues. Just 1-1-2 since win in Buffalo. (5)

6. New York Islanders. Finally seemed like they got Nassau-like atmosphere in Brooklyn when Rangers came to town. (14)

7. Detroit Red Wings. Tough break for Miller family: Broken jaw sidelines Drew for six weeks. (13)

8. Los Angeles Kings. McNabb has ascended to top pair alongside Doughty. (10)

9. Ottawa Senators. Hoffman ties Stars’ Benn for NHL lead with fourth multi-goal game. (6)

10. Minnesota Wild. Dubynk posts NHL-leading fourth shutout in blanking Leafs. (15)

11. Pittsburgh Penguins. What’s wrong with Crosby remains a daily question. (11)

12. Nashville Predators. Scored once or endured shutout five times during 2-5-1 slide. (7)

13. Chicago Blackhawks. With the longest point streak by an American, Kane leads in Hart Trophy race. (8)

14. Boston Bruins. Just bizarre Sabres don’t play them until the day after Christmas. (9)

15. Florida Panthers. Ended 0-5-2 drought in Nashville with first win in Music City since 1999. (21)

16. New Jersey Devils. Cammalleri leads league with five three-point games. (18)

17. San Jose Sharks. Strange to see a team with 10 road wins have just four at home. (12)

18. Tampa Bay Lightning. Cooper gets multi-year extension behind the bench. (17)

19. Arizona Coyotes. Max Domi was flying against Sabres. (16)

20. Vancouver Canucks. Miller in November: 3-6-2, 2.96, .898. Ouch. (19)

21. Philadelphia Flyers. Finally hitting their stride under Hakstol (22)

22. Winnipeg Jets. Stafford up to nine goals, one shy of team lead. (20)

23. Buffalo Sabres. Boo to the schedule maker. Will be in Vancouver, NHL’s nicest road trip, for less than 24 hours. (24)

24. Colorado Avalanche. Back-to-back 2-1 wins on road over Devils, Rangers. (29)

25. Anaheim Ducks. Kesler insists they’re a playoff team. Kings said that last year, too. (23).

26. Calgary Flames. Third-period comeback vs. Stars came out of nowhere, was totally reminiscent of last year. (28)

27. Edmonton Oilers. No excuse to miss McDavid so much with all the other talent on the roster. (30)

28. Columbus Blue Jackets. Love when Tortorella chirps at the Penguins. (26).

29. Toronto Maple Leafs. Embattled goalie Bernier is conditioning his brain with AHL’s Marlies. (27)

30. Carolina Hurricanes. Fan base disappearing with owner Karmanos looking to sell. (25)

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