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Mike Harrington’s NHL Power Rankings for Jan. 17

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

1. Washington Capitals. Ovi at 500, playing on a deep team with a Hart-caliber goalie. This has to be the year. (1)

2. Chicago Blackhawks. A contract extension and historic wins as Quenneville passes Arbour. (3)

3. Dallas Stars. Lindy’s crew hits 1-4-1 to drop out of Central lead. (2)

4. Los Angeles Kings. At $10 million per year, new deal leaves Kopitar’s haul behind only Toews and Kane. (4)

5. Florida Panthers. Winning streak may have turned around hockey in South Florida for the long haul. (5)

6. St. Louis Blues. Hitchcock floored by the way injuries are piling up. (6)

7. Minnesota Wild. Oddly flat in home losses to Devils, Sabres, Jets. (7)

8. New York Rangers. Good bet we see first-rounder vs. Isles. That would be epic. (11)

9. Detroit Red Wings. Drew Miller headed for meniscus surgery on knee. (8)

10. New York Islanders. Alternated win-loss for six straight games. (9)

11. Montreal Canadiens. Price begins skating. Return can’t come soon enough. (10)

12. Tampa Bay Lightning. The entire league is watching Drouin saga. (17)

13. Boston Bruins. Loss at Philly was fourth regulation defeat when leading after two periods. (12)

14. Arizona Coyotes. Looks like no All-Star captaincy for thrice-waived Scott after trade to Habs, ticket to AHL.

15. Nashville Predators. Do they have scouts? Anybody here could have given them the lowdown on Hodgson. (13)

16. New Jersey Devils. Farnham gets four-game ban, huge for first-time offender, for brutal hit against Blues. (14)

17. Pittsburgh Penguins. Do they have a run in them or are they going to be mediocre all season? (18)

18. Ottawa Senators. Just 3-6-1 in 10-game stretch to suddenly slip to sixth in Atlantic. (16)

19. Philadelphia Flyers. Plenty of games in hand fueling legit wild-card hopes. (22)

20. Colorado Avalanche. Zadorov gets the call back from San Antonio. Bring your alarm clock, kid. (15)

21. Carolina Hurricanes. OT win over Pens latest solid mark on unexpected .500 season. (20)

22. San Jose Sharks. Making big jump in weak Pacific. (27)

23. Vancouver Canucks. Went 6-2-2 in 10 games, topped by OT win to end Panthers’ streak. (21)

24. Anaheim Ducks. Getzlaf benched after brutal turnover leads to Ottawa breakaway goal. (24)

25. Calgary Flames. Bennett saw Reinhart’s trick and went one better with four vs. Panthers. (25)

26. Winnipeg Jets. Wild atmosphere, oddly mediocre hockey, horrific weather. Brrrr. (23)

27. Toronto Maple Leafs. Van Riemsdyk’s fractured foot a blow to offense. (26)

28. Buffalo Sabres. Should be preparing contract offer for McGinn, not an exit ticket. (28)

29. Edmonton Oilers. McDavid’s return slated for Feb. 2, first game after all-star break. (29)

30. Columbus Blue Jackets. No franchise needs Auston Matthews more. (30).

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