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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

Through Friday's game. Last week in parentheses.

1. Washington Capitals. Will another Presidents' Trophy be followed by another playoff flameout? (1)

2. Pittsburgh Penguins. Finished 31-6-4 at home, with 66 points second in franchise history. (4)

3. Chicago Blackhawks. Best in the West. Four Cups in eight years would be modern-era dynasty. (2)

4. Columbus Blue Jackets. Fourth overall but likely won't have home ice in first two rounds. Ridiculous playoff format. (3).

5. Anaheim Ducks. We'll see if Carlyle does better in postseason than Boudreau. (8)

6. Montreal Canadiens. Price vs. Lundqvist should be epic first-round battle. (7)

7. Minnesota Wild. Brother with Canes on hand as Eric Staal honored for 1,000th NHL game. (5)

8. New York Rangers. Locked in wild-card for weeks, can they now flip the switch? (6)

9. Edmonton Oilers. McDavid, Draisaitl both put up 11-game scoring streaks. (9)

10. San Jose Sharks. Burns is first blueliner with consecutive 75-point seasons since Rangers' Leetch in '96 and '97. (11)

11. Ottawa Senators. Boucher will join Tortorella, Babcock in getting lots of Coach of the Year votes. (12)

12. Boston Bruins. Marchand cost himself 40-goal season with braincramp that got him suspended. (16)

13. Calgary Flames. Bad knee-on-knee hit by Giordano on Fowler has Ducks riled up. (10)

14. St. Louis Blues. Sobtoka returns from KHL to NHL with three-year deal. (13)

15. Nashville Predators. Desperately trying to avoid Hawks in first round. (15)

16. Toronto Maple Leafs. Matthews' 39th goal was loudest visiting fans' cheer in Buffalo in eons. (14)

17. Tampa Bay Lightning. Gave themselves a chance to get to game 82 against Sabres with 8-1-1 run. (17)

18. New York Islanders. Kept playoff fight going even in face of Tavares' injury. (19)

19. Carolina Hurricanes. Poturalski's journey: From Nichols to New Hampshire to NHL. (18)

20. Winnipeg Jets. One series, no playoff-game victories in six years after move from Atlanta. (22)

21. Philadelphia Flyers. First team in history to have 10-game winning streak and miss playoffs. (20)

22. Los Angeles Kings. Bravo to legendary broadcast voice Bob Miller, retiring after 44 years. (21)

23. Buffalo Sabres. Breathing easier with better news about Okposo. (24)

24. Florida Panthers. Serious decisions upcoming on coach and GM. (23)

25. Dallas Stars. Looks like the final days of Lindy in Big D. Is there a next stop? (26)

26. Detroit Red Wings. Standing O to The Joe on its farewell weekend. (25)

27. New Jersey Devils. Nice idea to honor retiring Elias by giving him last laps in warmups. (28)

28. Arizona Coyotes. Finally overcame big deficit to pass Canucks in standings. (29)

29. Vancouver Canucks. Sedins say one more year in Vancouver. Prospects for 2018-19 uncertain. (27)

30. Colorado Avalanche. Had 51 shots on goal in second OT surprise over Blackhawks this season. (30)

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