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NHL Power Rankings: Caps to the top, Leafs and Preds continue to climb

Through Friday's games. Last week in parentheses.

1. Washington Capitals. Back-to-back seven-goal games for first time since 1993. (2)

2. Minnesota Wild. Model of consistency with points in 20 of 22, going 18-2-2. (3)

3. Columbus Blue Jackets. Just 3-5 with 19 goals in eight games since 16-game win streak ended. (1).

4. Pittsburgh Penguins. Responded to three straight losses with 3-0 week featuring 19 goals. (5)

5. Montreal Canadiens. Quietly hit weekend with 10-point lead in Atlantic, by far biggest in any division. (4)

6. Chicago Blackhawks. Darling posts club's first shutout in Boston since Tony Esposito in 1970. (6)

7. Anaheim Ducks. Gibson's last 11 in the nets: 8-1-2, 1.44/.953. (8)

8. New York Rangers. Huge bounceback year for Grabner with 21 goals. (7)

9. San Jose Sharks. Fans got Thornton chia pets Saturday in honor of epic playoff beard. (9)

10. Edmonton Oilers. McDavid's OT goal against Panthers was a #sickmitts deking display. (10)

11. Ottawa Senators. Career-high 42 saves for Condon in blanking of Blue Jackets. (12)

12. Toronto Maple Leafs. Are 8-0-2 in last 10 on road with no regulation losses since Nov. 30. (17)

13. St. Louis Blues. Too good to have minus-11 goal differential. (13)

14. Nashville Predators. Subban returns after missing 16 games with back trouble. (21)

15. Boston Bruins. Two games with Pens will do little for Julien's job security. (11)

16. Calgary Flames. Gaudreau with just 10 goals, minus-14 rating. (15)

17. Philadelphia Flyers. Just 2-6-2 in last 10 as Atlantic teams now have wild-card hopes. (14)

18. Carolina Hurricanes. Playoff push stunted by 7-1 home meltdown vs. Pens. (16)

19. Vancouver Canucks. Henrik Sedin first to 1,000 points, Daniel at 968. (20)

20. Los Angeles Kings. All-Star Weekend hosts have slipped out of final West wild-card. (18)

21. Florida Panthers. Classy gesture by Luongo to congratulate ex-teammate Sedin after being beaten for 1,000th point. (19)

22. Tampa Bay Lightning. Went 1-1-1 through first half of key six-game roadie. (23)

23. Detroit Red Wings. Abysmal power play cost them in OT here Friday. (28)

24. Dallas Stars. Benn's stick-shattering in Buffalo went viral. (22)

25. New Jersey Devils. Minus-29 goal differential is worst in the East. (24)

26. Winnipeg Jets. Hit weekend 2-3-1 without Laine. (25)

27. Buffalo Sabres. Went 4-0 at home in January; have nine games in KeyBank Center in February. (27)

28. New York Islanders. After sacking Capuano, GM Snow is on borrowed time. (26)

29. Arizona Coyotes. Duclair sent to minors after scoring three goals in 41 games. (29)

30. Colorado Avalanche. Five home wins. Minus-58 goal differential. Holy moly. (30).

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