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Mike Harrington’s Power Rankings for Feb. 21

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

1. Washington Capitals. Astonishing 42 wins in first 56 games. (1)

2. Chicago Blackhawks. Panarin is only rookie in top 50 of scoring race. (3)

3. Dallas Stars. Went 7-2-1 in 10-game stretch to keep pace with Hawks. (2)

4. St. Louis Blues. Four straight wins got them within four points of Central lead. (5)

5. Florida Panthers. At age 36, old friend Campbell leads NHL defensemen with plus-21 rating. (4)

6. New York Rangers. Won’t last in playoffs: Are 21-6-3 at Garden but below .500 on road (7)

7. New York Islanders. Anti-Brooklyn chatter from fans and media continues to grow. (9)

8. Los Angeles Kings. Slipping fast and now Kopitar hits injured list. (6)

9. Anaheim Ducks. Finally caught fire to squash Kings’ runaway in the Pacific. (16)

10. Boston Bruins. We live in a world where a gnat like Marchand somehow has 28 goals. (11)

11. San Jose Sharks. Will host Sabres Friday in return home after five-game roadie. (14)

12. Detroit Red Wings. At 2.11 and .927, Mrazek having a great year in the crease. (8)

13. Pittsburgh Penguins. Sid in the house always a treat. Thousands of black-and-gold fans is not. (12)

14. Tampa Bay Lightning. Yzerman made the right move quelling Stamkos trade rumors. (10)

15. New Jersey Devils. Would be in playoff spot if not for NHL-high six shootout losses. (15)

16. Nashville Predators. Rinne just hasn’t been nearly good enough in goal. (17)

17. Colorado Avalanche. Wonder how much snickering Roy did that his team sent Habs into a tizzy. (13)

18. Carolina Hurricanes. Two points out of wild-card with huge showdown Sunday against Tampa. (18)

19. Minnesota Wild. Taking it outside Sunday against Hawks with 3-0 mark under Torchetti. (23)

20. Philadelphia Flyers. Have blown too many points with 11 OT losses, most in the East. (20)

21. Arizona Coyotes. Moved to 16-11-4 at home with spanking of Stars. (21)

22. Montreal Canadiens. Look headed for the lottery. Look out if they land a top-3 pick. (19)

23. Ottawa Senators. Twenty inches in one day marked one of worst road snowstorms Sabres have ever endured. (24)

24. Vancouver Canucks. Miller never imagined being just one point ahead of his old team in mid-February. (22)

25. Calgary Flames. Ramo suffers season-ending ACL tear, thus entering limbo for free agency. (25)

26. Buffalo Sabres. This ain’t Winnipeg: Forecast highs next three days in Anaheim are 90, 86, 86. (27)

27. Winnipeg Jets. Stafford has 16 goals but a team-worst minus-15 rating. (26)

28. Columbus Blue Jackets. Korpisalo makes blooper films forever with flub on Legwand 150-footer. (28).

29. Edmonton Oilers. McDavid one point off NHL scoring lead for February. (29)

30. Toronto Maple Leafs. Tank mob must love Komarov getting three-game suspension. (30).

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