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Mike Harrington’s Power Rankings for Jan. 31

(Through All-Star break. Last week in parentheses)

1. Washington Capitals. Took one-game suspension for Ovi, fearing strain of All-Star 3-on-3. (1)

2. Chicago Blackhawks. Hit break as the team to beat in the West. Again. (2)

3. Dallas Stars. After 3-7-2 slide, need to regain swagger of 27-7-3 start. (3)

4. St. Louis Blues. Fourth overall and many expect another first-round loss. (4)

5. Los Angeles Kings. Pacific runaway cut to seven points. (5)

6. Florida Panthers. Everybody talking about them at All-Star Media Day. (6)

7. Tampa Bay Lightning. More questions, same answers from Stamkos about contract. (8)

8. New York Rangers. Statue of The King – the real one, not the goalie – on Broadway in Nashville. (7)

9. Detroit Red Wings. The bet here is they will hold on for 26th straight playoff berth. (10)

10. Boston Bruins. Sabres have always-intriguing home and home with them starting Thursday in FNC. (12)

11. San Jose Sharks. Went into break 8-0-2 after going .500 in first 38 games. (15)

12. Colorado Avalanche. Tied for second in West with 15 road wins. (14)

13. New York Islanders. Media chatter continues about utter darkness of seating bowl in Barclays Center. (9)

14. Nashville Predators. Downtown Smashville a terrific All-Star host. (19)

15. Pittsburgh Penguins. Sid has been to one All-Star Game in his career. One. Very weird. (16)

16. New Jersey Devils. Still don’t consider them a playoff team but they’re right there. (13)

17. Carolina Hurricanes. Great blueline has them on the cusp of playoffs even if Raleigh fans haven’t noticed. (21)

18. Minnesota Wild. Went 3-7-3 in January and scored only 23 goals in 13 games. (11)

19. Arizona Coyotes. Can’t see them holding off Ducks in Pacific. (22)

20. Ottawa Senators. Cameron frustrated by inconsistency that showed up again in loss to Sabres. (20)

21. Anaheim Ducks. After 2½ months of struggles, finally figured it out with 10-3-1 run. (24)

22. Vancouver Canucks. See Coyotes. Ditto. (17)

23. Montreal Canadiens. A 5-18-1 stretch is darkest time for fabled franchise since 1940s. (18)

24. Philadelphia Flyers. They’re in, they’re out, they’re in, they’re out. Seem out. (23)

25. Winnipeg Jets. Plenty of contenders – Panthers? – could use a free-agent vet like Ladd. (26)

26. Calgary Flames. Spinning their wheels going nowhere. (25)

27. Buffalo Sabres. Get reeling Habs twice in 10 days, starting Wednesday in Bell Centre. (29)

28. Columbus Blue Jackets. Went 2-0-1 with Torts on the injured list. Just sayin’. (30).

29. Edmonton Oilers. Countdown to McDavid’s return is on. Will it be Tuesday? (27)

30. Toronto Maple Leafs. Tanky: Entered break on 1-7-2 stretch with just 11 goals in 10 games. (28)

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