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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning.   Took just 28 games for Bolts to be first to 20 wins. (1)

2. Los Angeles Kings.  Seven-game winning streak is longest in league this season. (7)

3. St. Louis Blues.  Sabres in for NHL's best combo of speed and heavy hockey here Sunday. (4)

4. Nashville Predators. P.K. loses first battle of Subban brothers as Malcolm posts shootout win for Knights in Music City. (6)

5. Winnipeg Jets. Couple stumbles on the road away from their huge home-ice advantage. (2)

6. Toronto Maple Leafs.  Showdown weekend for Matthews, meeting Crosby and McDavid on back-to-back nights. (3)

7. Vegas Golden Knights.  Big ovation, big goal for Neal in return to Nashville. (11)

8. Columbus Blue Jackets. Sudden slump for Bobrovsky with 11 goals against in last three games.  (5)

9. New Jersey Devils. Hall has 29 points in 28 games, should finally make career playoff debut. (8)

10. Washington Capitals.   Kuznetsov, Backstrom, Carlson all have at least 20 assists. (13)

11. Pittsburgh Penguins.  Jarry doing fine job holding down Murray's fort in net. (10)

12. New York Islanders.  One of five teams to enter weekend within two points of Metro lead. (9)

13. San Jose Sharks.  Thornton's shirtless bobblehead has collectors buzzing. (12)

14. Dallas Stars.  Open four-game, six-day swing through Metro Monday in MSG.  (17)

15. New York Rangers.  Vesey has five goals in 28 games.  Not much hype anymore. (14)

16. Calgary Flames. Tkachuk needs to channel aggression after foolishly picking up third career suspension. (15)

17. Vancouver Canucks.  Takes 129 games but Markstrom finally gets first NHL shutout. (19)

18. Chicago Blackhawks.  Hard to believe DeBrincat lasted into the second round of '16 draft. (16)

19. Minnesota Wild.   Dumba dumps Ducks in OT. (18)

20. Boston Bruins. Few people had them picked in Atlantic's top three. (20)

21. Montreal Canadiens.  Trip to Ottawa will be fourth outdoor game in franchise history -- all on the road. (21)

22. Anaheim Ducks.  Henrique pays instant dividends with two goals to back up Miller shutout. (22)

23. Philadelphia Flyers. Followed 0-5-5 disaster with three-game sweep of Western Canada trip. (26)

24. Carolina Hurricanes. Bettman couldn't be more adamant that relocation talk should end. (25)

25. Colorado Avalanche. Aside from MacKinnon, didn't show much against Sabres. (23)

26. Detroit Red Wings.  Despite just four goals, Larkin leads team in scoring with 23 points. (24)

27. Florida Panthers. Completely toast with Luongo on the shelf long term.  (28)

28. Ottawa Senators.  An outdoor host for first time in franchise history when Habs hit town Saturday for NHL100 Classic. (27)

29. Edmonton Oilers. Still waiting for them to make a run. At this point it's probably too late. (29)

30. Buffalo Sabres.  Dumping of Moulson gave dressing room a badly-needed shake. Botterill needs to keep going. (31)

31. Arizona Coyotes. After offseason knee surgery, Chycrun scores in season debut.  (30)

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