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Mike Harrington’s NHL Power Rankings for Jan. 10

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

1. Washington Capitals. Risk on Mike Richards an interesting addition for team that looks solid (1)

2. Dallas Stars. Lindy’s 2006-07 Sabres peaked too soon. Hmmmm. (2)

3. Chicago Blackhawks. Two-goal games on consecutive days for Panarin, a first by Chicago rookie since 1981. (5)

4. Los Angeles Kings. Lecavalier’s swan song is sudden motivation for more even-year Cup magic. (3)

5. Florida Panthers. Their Monster win streak has quickly made them story of the season. (9)

6. St. Louis Blues. Struggling closers: Four two-goal leads blown in last nine games. (4)

7. Minnesota Wild. Fell to 1-7 in OT with home loss to Flyers. (7)

8. Detroit Red Wings. Look up the video of Larkin’s deke that toasted Devils’ Schneider. Plain filthy. (12)

9. New York Islanders. As trade market suddenly stirred, no news on Hamonic front. (6)

10. Montreal Canadiens. Record with Gallagher in lineup is appreciably better. (8)

11. New York Rangers. McDonagh still dominant on D with plus-10 rating. (10)

12. Boston Bruins. Still can’t get over Julien’s Belichick-tribute hoodie at Winter Classic. Awesome. (11)

13. Nashville Predators. Story of three players making All-Star Game on home rink quickly got overshadowed by Johansen-Jones deal. (15)

14. New Jersey Devils. Only two goals during three-game skid. (13)

15. Colorado Avalanche. Roy dons pads for practice to prep for Stadium Series alumni game. (21)

16. Ottawa Senators. Gave Panthers fits but Anderson gave up two goals in nine seconds. (14)

17. Tampa Bay Lightning. With Drouin situation imploding, Steve Yzerman would love to dump Carle’s contract as well. (17)

18. Pittsburgh Penguins. No Crosby in All-Star Game and it’s hardly a snub. (16)

19. Arizona Coyotes. Swept home-and-home set with Flames. (18)

20. Carolina Hurricanes. All-Star Faulk is easily one of NHL’s most underrated blueliners. (23)

21. Vancouver Canucks. Virtanen returns amid media firestorm for Team Canada penalties at World Juniors. (19)

22. Philadelphia Flyers. Win at Minnesota was fifth straight in OT. (22)

23. Winnipeg Jets. Will be interesting to see how outrageous and venomous MTS Centre fans get today toward Kane. (26)

24. Anaheim Ducks. Taking air out of games proven to be an effective technique. (24)

25. Calgary Flames. Former Sabres good guy Regehr to officially announce retirement Monday in Saddledome. (25)

26 Toronto Maple Leafs. Bernier has rejuvenated career with 6-2 record in last eight following AHL stint. (27)

27. San Jose Sharks. Nine of 12 January games at home – where they’re just 5-12 so far. (20)

28. Buffalo Sabres. Injuries or not, there is no excuse to be challenging for No. 1 pick again. (28)

29. Edmonton Oilers. NHL-worst 5-14-2 road record has done big damage to playoff hopes. (29)

30. Columbus Blue Jackets. Was Johansen the problem all along? Time will tell. (30).

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