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NHL Power Rankings: Habs on top, Caps become a familiar foe for Sabres

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

1. Montreal Canadiens. Weber enters weekend leading NHL with seven PP goals, one ahead of Sabres' Moulson. (2)

2. Pittsburgh Penguins. Storybook NHL debut for Guentzel with two first-period goals in loss to Rangers. (5)

3. Washington Capitals. Ovi & Co. are Sabres' opponent three times in seven-game stretch. Yikes. (4)

4. Chicago Blackhawks. Struggled with big deficits on Western Canada portion of seven-game roadie. (1)

5. New York Rangers. Gruesome broken fibula shelves Zibanejad for 6-8 weeks. (3)

6. Tampa Bay Lightning. Kucherov with 24 points in first 20 games. (6)

7. Edmonton Oilers. McDavid takes over scoring lead with first career hat trick, eight points in three games. (16)

8. St. Louis Blues. Finishing strong: Allen has stopped 64 straight shots in third periods. (10)

9. New Jersey Devils. Points in first eight at home (7-0-1) for first time since 1990. (7)

10. Columbus Blue Jackets. Torts quickly climbing list of coach of the year candidates. (11).

11. Ottawa Senators. Had 12 straight games with two goals or less until 4-3 win over Habs. (9)

12. San Jose Sharks. Opened stretch of seven of eight at home with two straight wins. (19)

13. Minnesota Wild. After return from knee injury, strep throat dogs Parise. (14)

14. Anaheim Ducks. Went 1-1-1 playing three straight 3-2 games at home. (8)

15. Los Angeles Kings. Still waiting on return of injured Kopitar, Quick (23)

16. Nashville Predators. After 1-4-1 start, Rinne is 7-1-2 in last 10. (20)

17. Boston Bruins. Backes burns Blues for franchise's 20,000th goal in first game vs. old team. (12)

18. Florida Panthers. Loved Barkov's dribbling shootout winner at MSG vs. Lundqvist. (21)

19. Dallas Stars. Lindy's Law: Klingberg a healthy scratch for being late to team meeting. (17)

20. Philadelphia Flyers. Couturier next to go down in rash of club's knee injuries. (18)

21. Carolina Hurricanes. Seriously clogged neutral zone in win at Toronto. (24)

22. Toronto Maple Leafs. Must-see TV: Matthews at McDavid added by NBCSN Tuesday night. (15)

23. Winnipeg Jets. Stafford-Myers-Armia all out until Stafford returned Wednesday after missing a month (13)

24. Detroit Red Wings. Are 6-3 with Vanek in lineup, 3-7-1 without him. (22)

25. Buffalo Sabres. Wonder what kind of reaction Rangers' Vesey gets when he hits town Thursday. (29)

26. Calgary Flames. After loss Monday, haven't won here in regulation since 1996 victory at the Aud. (25)

27. Colorado Avalanche. Iginla stuck at two goals, relegated to third line. (27)

28. Vancouver Canucks. Front office delusional to think they can make a playoff push. (26)

29. New York Islanders. Leddy gets winner in crazy 14-round shootout in Anaheim. (28)

30. Arizona Coyotes. Bizarre to see Strome sent back to OHL. What's he learning there? (30)

31. Vegas Golden Knights. One-time entry for this season. Still pondering their ditching of the "Las". (NR)


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