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NHL Power Rankings: High-flying Habs soar to the top

(Through Thursday's games. Last week's rankings in parenthesis).

1. Montreal Canadiens. Weber with plus-12 rating, nine points in 7-0-1 start. Just wondering: P.K. Who? (7)

2. Edmonton Oilers. Must-see TV of the week: McDavid at Matthews Tuesday. (5)

3. Detroit Red Wings. Six straight wins, including 4-0 home mark. (17)

4. Pittsburgh Penguins. Major relief as Crosby returns, scores in first game. (3)

5. Tampa Bay Lightning. Killorn off to big start with six goals in seven games. (2)

6. New York Rangers. Early showdown with Bolts Sunday in MSG. (16)

7. Minnesota Wild. Dubnyk posts back-to-back road shutouts in Boston and Buffalo. (10)

8. San Jose Sharks. Won first three at home, allowing just one goal in each game. (13)

9. St. Louis Blues. Penalty kill has opened season 26 for 28. (4)

10. Washington Capitals. No goals for Backstrom in first six games. (1)

11. Vancouver Canucks. League's worst offense coming back to Earth. (6)

12. Los Angeles Kings. Budaj 4-0, 2.21 in wake of Quick's injury. (28)

13. Ottawa Senators. Boucher doing nice job getting them off to 4-2 start. (23)

14. Anaheim Ducks. Lindholm finally signs for six years, $31.25 million. (24)

15. Dallas Stars. Had 39 shots but scored just once in loss at Winnipeg. (9)

16. Florida Panthers. Huge start for Marchessault with 10 points in seven games. (15)

17. Colorado Avalanche. Third on power play, third from bottom on penalty kill. (8)

18. Chicago Blackhawks. Historically inept PK unit at 46 percent -- with no other team under 68. (14)

19. Toronto Maple Leafs. Young stars flourishing up front, Andersen a huge problem in net. (19)

20. Philadelphia Flyers. Big comeback vs. Sabres, big struggles vs. Coyotes. (25)

21. New Jersey Devils. Five goals for Hall in first six games; rest of team has only eight. (29)

22. Calgary Flames. Gaudreau: Two goals in eight games, minus-6 rating. (26)

23. Winnipeg Jets. Injury means fans can't chant "Where's your track suit?" at Kane on Sunday. (18)

24. Boston Bruins. Outscored, 14-4, in three straight losses. (11)

25. New York Islanders. Players continue to rail about bad ice at Barclays. (27)

26. Columbus Blue Jackets. Rough week ahead: Stars, Habs, Blues. (30).

27. Nashville Predators. Very un-Rinne numbers: 3.25 GAA, .909 save percentage. (12)

28. Buffalo Sabres. Just eight even-strength goals in first six games. Yikes. (20)

29. Arizona Coyotes. Are 2-0 vs. Flyers, 0-5 vs. everybody else. (21)

30. Carolina Hurricanes. Opened with 1-3-2 road trip before finally returning home. (22)

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