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Mike Harrington’s NHL Power Rankings for Dec. 27

(Through NHL holiday break. Last week’s rankings in parentheses)

1. Washington Capitals. Caution flammable: Enjoyed a Merry Xmas on 13-1-1 streak and Sabres have them twice this week, including Monday in FNC. (1)

2. Dallas Stars. Lindy & Co. continue to be best in the West. (2)

3. St. Louis Blues. Nice bounceback in Boston after blowing 3-0 lead in Philly. (5)

4. Chicago Blackhawks. With so many star skaters, Crawford doesn’t get enough notoriety as an elite goalie. (9)

5. New York Islanders. Almost without notice, spent a couple days in second place in the East. (7)

6. Los Angeles Kings. Opened string of five of six on the road Saturday in Arizona. (3)

7. Boston Bruins. Will become first team to host two Winter Classics when Habs come to Gillette on Friday. (8)

8. Minnesota Wild. Four-year, $20.75M extension for Spurgeon, boyhood chum of Sabres’ Ennis. (10)

9. New York Rangers. OT win over Ducks snapped 1-5-1 stretch that saw them yield 33 goals in seven games. (6)

10. Florida Panthers. No franchise needs a playoff berth more and they might get there. (13)

11. Detroit Red Wings. Plus-1 differential, 22nd-ranked offense are warning signs for playoff hopes. (11)

12. Montreal Canadiens. Price-less streak: Entered Saturday 1-9 in last 10 and outscored, 19-5, in last five. Yikes. (4)

13. Ottawa Senators. Anderson flat-out stole a point for them in shootout loss at Florida. (12)

14. Nashville Predators. Three of top six scorers are D (Weber, Josi, Ellis). That’s too many. (14)

15. New Jersey Devils. At age 39, Elias having playing time carefully managed. (15)

16. Philadelphia Flyers. An 8-2-2 burst has resurrected their season. (16)

17. Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos starting to score, team starting to win. No coincidence. (19)

18. San Jose Sharks. Hard to believe Burns at minus-14 and Marleau at minus-12. (17)

19. Colorado Avalanche. Had won five straight until getting stomped at home by Leafs. (20)

20. Pittsburgh Penguins. If they miss playoffs altogether, this could be the year the core finally gets split up. (18)

21. Calgary Flames. Hat trick for Johnny Hockey as 10th straight home win ties franchise mark. (21)

22. Vancouver Canucks. Miller suffers leg cramps, hobbles off during shootout in Florida. (23)

23. Arizona Coyotes. Back-to-back wins for Domingue over Isles and Leafs after Smith’s injury, (25)

24. Winnipeg Jets. Getting buried in both Central and wild-card races. (22)

25. Buffalo Sabres. Weary team needed a week off from brutal December schedule. (24)

26. Toronto Maple Leafs. Komarov having career year as red-hot offense piles up 29 goals in seven games. (29)

27. Edmonton Oilers. Have been unable to translate home resurgence to games on the road. (26)

28. Carolina Hurricanes. Versteeg’s between-the-legs goal vs. Caps a cinch for play-of-the-year candidate. (27)

29. Anaheim Ducks. Getzlaf playing like Captain Clueless and killing his team. (28)

30. Columbus Blue Jackets. Help on the way: Michigan captain and 2015 first-rounder Werenski named USA World Junior captain. (30).

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