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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

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

1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  With 23 wins in first 31 games, they're up to a 127-point pace. (1)

2. Nashville Predators. Averaging 4.5 goals per game in December. (4)

3. St. Louis Blues. Offense suffering with Schwartz, Pietrangelo out with injuries. (3)

4. Los Angeles Kings. Gaborik scores at MSG in 1,000th career game.  (2)

5. Vegas Golden Knights.  Fleury recalls clinching save of '09 Cup win in beating Penguins. (7)

6. Columbus Blue Jackets.  Tortorella's no-questions, 13-second presser after 7-2 loss to Oilers is an all-timer. (8)

7. Washington Capitals.  Here they come: Have won eight of 10 to tie for Metro lead. (10)

8. Winnipeg Jets. Open tough three-game roadie Tuesday in Nashville. (5)

9. New Jersey Devils. Close call: Hall escapes collision with knee bruise, no ligament damage. (9)

10. Toronto Maple Leafs.  Scored just three goals in dropping all three games without Matthews. (6)

11. San Jose Sharks.  After slow start to season, have pulled into third in the Pacific. (13)

12. Chicago Blackhawks.  OT thriller vs. Sabres started desperately needed four-game winning streak. (18)

13. New York Rangers.  NBC reality show shots of players riding subway to practice sparked a laugh. (15)

14. Minnesota Wild.  Ex-Sabres in culture shock: Boudreau scratches Ennis one night, and Foligno the next. (19)

15. New York Islanders.  Lee moves up to third in the league with 19 goals. (12)

16. Dallas Stars.  Got four of six points in three-game New York City trip. (14)

17. Calgary Flames. Monahan (17 goals, 30 points) not getting the notice he deserves for a solid season. (16)

18. Pittsburgh Penguins.  Two points out of Metro cellar, GM Rutherford says time for a big move might be at hand. (11)

19. Anaheim Ducks.  Hits keep coming: Now Perry is week to week with knee injury. (22)

20. Boston Bruins. Hit town here Tuesday off tough back-to-back vs. Blue Jackets. (20)

21. Philadelphia Flyers.  First team since '05 Sharks to follow 10-game losing streak with five-game winning streak. (23)

22. Carolina Hurricanes.  Ward is sixth active goalie to get to 300 wins. (24)

23. Vancouver Canucks.  Old friend Anders Nilsson was brutal in goal against Preds, giving up Subban's center-ice laser as part of 7-1 defeat. (17)

24. Montreal Canadiens. Outdoor game in Ottawa opens stretch of seven straight on the road. (21)

25. Colorado Avalanche. Have used 11 forwards, seven defensemen for five straight games. (25)

26. Detroit Red Wings.  With window slammed shut, GM Holland and coach Blashill both could be in trouble. (26)

27. Florida Panthers. So many mistakes after one-year playoff run might take a long time to fix. (27)

28. Edmonton Oilers. Had 46 shots on goal but got shut out by Nashville backup Saros. (29)

29. Ottawa Senators.  What was Melnyk thinking spouting off at major NHL event? (28)

30. Buffalo Sabres. Shootouts no longer an issue because they're 1-6 in overtime. Yeesh. (30)

31. Arizona Coyotes. Back to being terrible with 1-6-2 slide. (31)

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