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NHL Power Rankings: Sharks crack top 5 in advance of trip here to meet Sabres

(Through Friday's games. Last week in parentheses).

1. Washington Capitals. Ovechkin masks on a stick are Sunday's giveaway to celebrate 1,000th point. (1)

2. Minnesota Wild. Franchise record road point streak (12-0-2) ends in Calgary. (2)

3. Columbus Blue Jackets. Lost OT thriller at Pittsburgh. Is that a first-round preview? (3).

4. Pittsburgh Penguins. Big loss on Crosby's wing as Sheary goes down 4-6 weeks. (4)

5. San Jose Sharks. Chewbacca Burns, 500-goal Marleau are here Tuesday. (8)

6. Montreal Canadiens. Pacioretty slices Sabres with second hat trick of season. (5)

7. Chicago Blackhawks. Kane's line shaking rare slump. (6)

8. New York Rangers. Some sick passing on Krieder's OT winner here Thursday. (9)

9. Anaheim Ducks. Perry is third player from famed '03 draft class to hit 700 points. (11)

10. Edmonton Oilers. McDavid snaps team's scoreless streak at 111:17. (7)

11. Ottawa Senators. Methot hit weekend with no goals in 44 games but plus-15 rating. (10)

12. Calgary Flames. Snuck back into West wild-card with OT win in New Jersey. (16)

13. Los Angeles Kings. Jumped on pathetic Avs with three-goal first and that was that. (20)

14. Philadelphia Flyers. Honored all former captains in ceremony as part of 50th anniversary. (17)

15. Nashville Predators. Ribeiro put on waivers after asking for trade. (14)

16. Boston Bruins. Holding breath on Rask's groin ailment; backups have just one win. (15)

17. St. Louis Blues. Hitchcock paid the price for goalies failing to make saves. (13)

18. Florida Panthers. Posted first three-game win streak just as injured Barkov, Huberdeau return to lineup. (21)

19. Toronto Maple Leafs. Drubbed out of break in Dallas and St. Louis. (12)

20. Vancouver Canucks. Six-game roadie that includes Feb. 12 stop in Buffalo opens Tuesday in Nashville. (19)

21. Winnipeg Jets. Were 1-17-2 last two years with chance to win three straight until win Thursday in Dallas. (26)

22. New York Islanders. Opened 5-0-1 under Weight until loss in Detroit. (28)

23. Carolina Hurricanes. Second in East with 17 home wins, tied for last with six road wins. (18)

24. Dallas Stars. Loss of Spezza a blow to forward corps. (24)

25. New Jersey Devils. Playing for Pacific and Metro, Hall only player on both All-Star 3-on-3 team champions. (25)

26. Detroit Red Wings. Snapped 0-2-3 skid with last-minute win over Islanders. (23)

27. Tampa Bay Lightning. Hard to fathom they're battling to stay out of East cellar. (22)

28. Buffalo Sabres. Skated hard against Rangers after shockingly inept outing in Montreal. (27)

29. Arizona Coyotes. Fell to Kings, Hawks after season-high three straight wins prior to break. (29)

30. Colorado Avalanche. Last 30 games: 4-24-2. The numbers say it all. (30).

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