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NHL Power Rankings: Blackhawks back on top, Blue Jackets continue climb

Through Friday's games. Last week in parenthesis.

1. Chicago Blackhawks. Power play snaps 3-for-30 slump with 3-for-3 night in Brooklyn. (2)

2. New York Rangers. Raanta, Lundqvist blank Stars for first combined shutout in franchise's 90 seasons. (1)

3. Pittsburgh Penguins. Letang KO'd for weeks with lower-body injury. (4)

4. Columbus Blue Jackets. Lead league in PP and points percentage. Wow. (5).

5. Montreal Canadiens. First team to score 10, give up 10 in same season since '05-06 Sabres. (3)

6. Philadelphia Flyers. Longest winning streak since 1985 emerged from 9-10-3 start. (7)

7. Washington Capitals. Oshie back from injury, makes shootout look Sochi-easy in win at Carolina. (8)

8. St. Louis Blues. Ice plant has arrived at Busch to prep for Jan. 2 Winter Classic. (6)

9. San Jose Sharks. Cup final run heroes Donskoi, Ward take turn as healthy scratches. (14)

10. Minnesota Wild. Six-game win streak vaults them into third in West. (12)

11. Anaheim Ducks. Face Leafs, Habs, Sens on road in final three pre-Christmas games. (9)

12. Ottawa Senators. Former coach/GM Bryan Murray great choice for first honoree to team's new Ring of Honour. (10)

13. Edmonton Oilers. McDavid with NHL-high 27 assists in first 32 games. (11)

14. Boston Bruins. Khudobin just 1-5, 3.20, .882 when starting in place of Rask. (13)

15. Calgary Flames. Outscored opponents, 24-9, during six-game win streak. (15)

16. Los Angeles Kings. Huge bouncebacks in Detroit and Pittsburgh after blowup in Buffalo. (22)

17. Tampa Bay Lightning. Pressure bubble relieved temporarily by win in Calgary. (17)

18. Carolina Hurricanes. Great matchup: Sabres solid PP vs. Canes' No. 1 PK twice in six days. (21)

19. Nashville Predators. Battling Stars for title of biggest disappointment in West. (18)

20. Winnipeg Jets. Laine's own-goal becomes teachable moment for Wheeler as captain. (20)

21. Florida Panthers. Amid the chaos, Jagr four points from passing Messier for No. 2 all time. (24)

22. Detroit Red Wings. No way to say goodbye to Joe: Just 6-9-3 at home. (19)

23. Buffalo Sabres. Nice mental toughness but better starts, please. (27)

24. New Jersey Devils. Quickly buried in Metro by four-game skid. (16)

25. Dallas Stars. No clue what Eakin was thinking in blasting Lundqvist. (23)

26. Toronto Maple Leafs. Legit playoff chance damaged by NHL-worst 0-5 record in shootouts. (28)

27. New York Islanders. Disastrous season result of numerous mistakes during July free agency. (25)

28. Vancouver Canucks. Gave up six third-period goals at Carolina. Yikes. (26)

29. Arizona Coyotes. Leafs' Matthews makes NHL debut in home state Friday night. (30)

30. Colorado Avalanche. Looked like expansion team during 10-1 wipeout in Montreal. (29)

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