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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

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

1. Tampa Bay Lightning. On pace to score 314 goals, which would be NHL's highest total since '95-96 Pens, Avs and Wings. (1)

2. Vegas Golden Knights. Send Xmas cards to Panthers for Marchessault (team-high 31 points) and Smith (25 points). (5)

3. Los Angeles Kings. Gaborik and Brown both hit 1,000-game plateau. (4)

4. Nashville Predators. Rinne yanked after four goals in first seven minutes vs. Canes. (2)

5. Washington Capitals. Always capable of road stinkers, as losses in Buffalo and Arizona show. (7)

6. Winnipeg Jets. Already following weather for Sabres' Jan. 5 visit. Already scared by seeing high temps in negative digits. Yes, high temps. (8)

7. St. Louis Blues. Are 2-5 without injured Schwartz after 20-8-2 start. (3)

8. New Jersey Devils. So not boring anymore. Shootout win over Rangers was fabulous. (9)

9. Columbus Blue Jackets. Beat Leafs, lost to Pens in OT in response to second 7-2 drubbing in two weeks. (6)

10. Toronto Maple Leafs. Matthews' return to practice an encouraging sign. (10)

11. New York Rangers. In advance of Winter Classic, NBC will be all over Wednesday "Rivalry Night" visit by Caps. (13)

12. Boston Bruins. Suddenly pulled within two points of Leafs thanks to 12-3-1 run. (20)

13. Dallas Stars. Hitchcock joins Bowman, Quenneville as only coaches to 800 wins.  (16)

14. San Jose Sharks. Split pair of overtime decisions with Canucks. (11)

15. Chicago Blackhawks. Five-game winning streak got destroyed in Dallas. (12)

16. New York Islanders. Bravo for their return to Long Island, which is where they belong. (15)

17. Minnesota Wild. Team Inconsistent all year: Followed four-game win streak with 1-3 slide. (14)

18. Calgary Flames. Scored two goals or less in five of the last six games heading into holiday break. (17)

19. Pittsburgh Penguins. Just 5-5 in first 10 December games.  (18)

20. Anaheim Ducks. Miller providing quality backup in 10 games: 4-1-4, 2.23, .928 (19)

21. Carolina Hurricanes. Went 4-1 in five-game stretch — but loss was 8-1 pounding in Toronto. (22)

22. Philadelphia Flyers. Sloppy, sleepy loss here Friday night. (21)

23. Montreal Canadiens. Have climbed into jumbled mass of teams battling for wild-card slots with 8-3-1 mark since Price's return. (24)

24. Vancouver Canucks. Relieved Boeser's leg injury was just a contusion. (23)

25. Colorado Avalanche. Barrie's 23 assists are two off NHL lead for D-men by Dallas' Klingberg. (25)

26. Edmonton Oilers. Not too late for them: First three-game winning streak of the season. (28)

27. Detroit Red Wings. Sad to see Zetterberg in twilight of career and on a bad team. (26)

28. Florida Panthers. Followed 2-2-1 roadie with win over Wild to open four-game homestand. (27)

29. Ottawa Senators. After one goal in first 26 games, Karlsson nets two against Wild. (29)

30. Buffalo Sabres. Just not getting anything out of Reinhart of late. (30)

31. Arizona Coyotes. Keller up to 13 goals after OT winner vs. Caps. (31)

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