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Mike Harrington’s NHL Power Rankings for April 3

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

1. Washington Capitals. Tenth team in history to 55 wins, first since 2005-06 Red Wings. (1)

2. Dallas Stars. Control their destiny to jump from sixth to Central title in one season. (2)

3. St. Louis Blues. Four straight shutouts and more than 259 minutes of scoreless defense. (3)

4. Los Angeles Kings. Quick pulls off instant YouTube classic with sprawling paddle save against Sharks. (4)

5. Anaheim Ducks. Can they really go through playoffs with a two-headed goalie? (9)

6. Pittsburgh Penguins. As good as anyone in the East right now. Even counting Caps. (11)

7. Chicago Blackhawks. Selfish play at a terrible time lands Keith in trouble with NHL. (8)

8. New York Rangers. Can’t blow third-period leads against teams like Carolina. (5)

9. Florida Panthers. Jagr has to rank as Masterton favorite. (7)

10. Tampa Bay Lightning. “Too many passengers” is Stamkos’ analysis of home blanking by Habs. (6)

11. New York Islanders. Hamonic out for rest of regular season, playoff status iffy. (12)

12. San Jose Sharks. Clinched 11th playoff berth in 12 years, but won’t last long. (13)

13. Nashville Predators. Bitter statements from front office about loss of Harvard’s Vesey. (10)

14. Boston Bruins. Tough loss in Jersey even though they had a 40-15 advantage in shots. (14)

15. Philadelphia Flyers. Took over wild-card with well-timed 12-3-2 burst. (16)

16. Minnesota Wild. Ten home losses to non-playoff teams but went 5-0 vs. Blackhawks. Bizarre. (18)

17. Detroit Red Wings. Babcock knew when to pull the exit chute. (15)

18. Carolina Hurricanes. Produced emotional in-house video to honor Staal’s return with Rangers. (20)

19. Colorado Avalanche. Just about sunk by injuries, rugged finish to schedule. (17)

20. New Jersey Devils. Don’t expect big crowd for Sabres’ visit Tuesday night. (19)

21. Ottawa Senators. Last Canadian team eliminated from playoff contention. (21)

22. Montreal Canadiens. Price back at practice, hoping to play in World Cup. (22)

23. Arizona Coyotes. Domi has really cooled off, with just five goals since Jan. 12. (23)

24. Buffalo Sabres. Bogosian’s second half is a huge positive heading into next season. (24)

25. Calgary Flames. Lost 23rd straight in Anaheim, a simply unbelievable streak of futility. (26)

26. Winnipeg Jets. Myers said hip problems dated to his time in Buffalo. (27)

27. Columbus Blue Jackets. We’ll see if bad feelings from previous meeting fester here Friday night. (25).

28. Vancouver Canucks. Snapped 0-8-1 slide with surprising win at San Jose. (28)

29. Toronto Maple Leafs. Two wins in last 19 games in First Niagara Center. Their fans should stay home. (29)

30. Edmonton Oilers. All they’ve got going as Rexall closes: McDavid wins second straight Rookie of the Month award. (30).

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