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Mike Harrington’s NHL power rankings

(Through Friday night’s games, last week in parenthesis)

1. Washington Capitals. Nine regulation losses in first 49 games. No one else had fewer than 14.(1)

2. Chicago Blackhawks. Lot of “Chelsea Dagger” playing in United Center with NHL-high 21 home wins.(2)

3. Dallas Stars. Lindy passes Pat Quinn with 685th win, moves into sixth place on all-time list. (3)

4. Florida Panthers. A 30-game sprint with Lightning looms for Atlantic title. (6)

5. St. Louis Blues. Have to be hoping to take their chances with Stars and not Hawks in first round. (4)

6. Los Angeles Kings. Failed to slow Ducks’ momentum, leaving division walkaway not as clear now. (5)

7. Tampa Bay Lightning. Cup hangover finally over, new playoff push in full swing. (7)

8. New York Rangers. Hockey world rooting hard for first-rounder vs. Islanders. (8)

9. Boston Bruins. Marchand is a gnat but solo effort that burned Johnson Thursday at FNC was huge. (10)

10. New York Islanders. After Caps, no one in Metro Division is safe. (13)

11. Detroit Red Wings. Larkin’s sprint lap on All-Star skills night was epic. (9)

12. San Jose Sharks. Solid win in St. Louis boosted West-leading road record to 17-7-2 (11)

13. Colorado Avalanche. Eight-game winning streak vs. Stars comes to an end. (12)

14. New Jersey Devils. Tied for a wild-card in February. Nobody picked that. (16)

15. Anaheim Ducks. Six-game win streak, suddenly within eight points of Pacific lead. (21)

16. Pittsburgh Penguins. Slowed by Lightning after one loss in nine games (15)

17. Nashville Predators. Folks there were joking it was weird to watch 5-on-5 again. (14)

18. Carolina Hurricanes. Two points out. See Devils. (17)

19. Minnesota Wild. No longer close to the big three in Central. (18)

20. Arizona Coyotes. Falling out of contention with 2-6-2 slide. (19)

21. Philadelphia Flyers. Groin injury shelves Neuvirth. (24)

22. Vancouver Canucks. Wearing black and orange ’90s “skate” throwbacks Saturday vs. Leafs. (22)

23. Ottawa Senators. With Lehner gone and Hammond a one-year flash, heat building on Anderson in goal. (20)

24. Montreal Canadiens. No team has fallen this far this fast in one season. Ever. (23)

25. Edmonton Oilers. No. 97 looks fine in the house No. 99 built. (29)

26. Calgary Flames. Analytics hounds who called last year a fluke looking good now. (26)

27. Winnipeg Jets. Near point of no return to sell Ladd, Byfuglien. (25)

28. Buffalo Sabres. Just not digging Bylsma’s concept of duos. Forward lines are trios. (27)

29. Columbus Blue Jackets. Johnson looked like a rookie D-man on McDavid’s highlight-reel goal. (28).

30. Toronto Maple Leafs. Spectacular pregame tribute to 40th anniversary of Sittler’s 10-point game. (30)

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