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Mike Harrington’s NHL power rankings

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

1. Washington Capitals. Sure looked like Cup favorites as sweep of Sabres capped 16-1-1 run. (1)

2. Dallas Stars. Were first overall when they lost at No. 30 Columbus. That doesn’t happen very often. (2)

3. Los Angeles Kings. Swept four-game Pacific roadie, play five of next six at home. (6)

4. St. Louis Blues. Game of the Week might be Saturday’s trip to LA. (3)

5. Chicago Blackhawks. Host Sabres on Friday after home-and-home set with Penguins. (4)

6. New York Islanders. Big loss: Boychuk goes on IR after tumble into boards chasing Eichel. (5)

7. Minnesota Wild. Pominville (5 goals) and Granlund (3) still struggling to score over first 36 games. (8)

8. Montreal Canadiens. Winter Classic wipeout of Bruins a great break from disastrous 3-9-3 December. (12)

9. Florida Panthers. Well-deserved extensions for coach (Gallant) and GM (Tallon) put rock-solid stability into long-wobbling franchise. (10)

10. New York Rangers. Habs-like in December at 4-7-2 to find trouble in Metro standings. (9)

11. Boston Bruins. Not nearly the same team without injured Krejci, suspended Marchand. (8)

12. Detroit Red Wings. Opened six-game roadie here Saturday; don’t return home until Jan. 17. (11)

13. New Jersey Devils. Palmieri another player Ducks definitely miss. (15)

14. Ottawa Senators. Open January with seven of first nine on road. (13)

15. Nashville Predators. Six wins in 18 road games not nearly good enough for a playoff-caliber team. (14)

16. Pittsburgh Penguins. Crosby finally heating up, with three goals in last four games. (20)

17. Tampa Bay Lightning. Last year is over. They might really be ordinary. (17)

18. Arizona Coyotes. Doan breaks Hawerchuk’s club mark with 380th goal for Winnipeg/Phoenix franchise. (23)

19. Vancouver Canucks. Shootout win over Ducks was first victory of season when trailing after two periods. (22)

20. San Jose Sharks. Late-night NBCSN telecast of Flyers’ visit was a total snoozer. (18)

21. Colorado Avalanche. How did that O’Reilly trade go? Grigorenko with one goal in 34 games, Zadorov minus-7 in AHL. (19)

22. Philadelphia Flyers. Giroux has only seven goals at even strength. (16)

23. Carolina Hurricanes. Took advantage of Caps’ back-to-back to end East leaders’ win streak. (28)

24. Anaheim Ducks. Bieksa got huge welcome in first game back in Vancouver. (29)

25. Calgary Flames. You play half your games on the road, boys. Better figure it out. (21)

26. Winnipeg Jets. See Flames. Same issue. (24)

27 Toronto Maple Leafs. Still playing well, still more than close enough to tank to 30th. (26)

28. Buffalo Sabres. No excuse to enter weekend last in the Atlantic – even behind Leafs. (25)

29. Edmonton Oilers. McDavid back at practice, far ahead of doomsday scenario of November. (27)

30. Columbus Blue Jackets. Bobrovsky activated off IR, close to return. (30).