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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

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

1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Hedman out 3-6 weeks but escaped major knee damage. (1)

2. Vegas Golden Knights.  Stayed atop Western Conference even through their bye week. (2)

3. Washington Capitals.  Beagle fetches a bone -- game-winning goal in final two seconds at Carolina. (5)

4. Winnipeg Jets.  Hellebuyck took over No. 1 slot in goal, has piled up 23 wins. (3)

5. Nashville Predators. Returned the favor from Cup final: Wore Titans jerseys to game in support of city's NFL club. (10)

6. Boston Bruins.  Pushed huge roll to 17-3-3 as they battle Leafs for second in Atlantic. (7)

7. St. Louis Blues.  Return from bye with interesting showdown Tuesday in Toronto. (4)

8. Los Angeles Kings.  Legendary broadcaster Bob Miller honored with statue outside Staples Center Saturday night. (6)

9.  Toronto Maple Leafs. Struck all the right chords in ceremonies for late G Johnny Bower.  (8)

10. New Jersey Devils.  Hall trying to become only player to win All-Star 3-on-3 tourney for all three years.  (9)

11. Columbus Blue Jackets. Can't lose to Sabres and Canucks on back-to-back nights. (11)

12. Dallas Stars. Klingberg gets first All-Star nod. (12)

13. Calgary Flames. Head to Carolina on Sunday looking for seventh straight win before bye. (22)

14. Minnesota Wild.  Snapped four-game road skid with 2-1 win in Chicago. (15)

15. Chicago Blackhawks. Glass is 3-1-1 in first five in goal with Crawford on the shelf.  (19)

16. San Jose Sharks. Started run of eight games in 13 days after bye Saturday night vs. Arizona. (13)

17. New York Rangers.  Sabres will see them again Thursday in New York -- with about 22,000 fewer fans in the stands. (14)

18. Carolina Hurricanes.  New owner Dundon officially takes over from Karmanos. (17)

19. Colorado Avalanche.  Won 22 games last year, won 22 in first 41 games this year. (18)

20. Anaheim Ducks. Start five-game homestand Wednesday against Penguins. (16)

21. Pittsburgh Penguins. Out of a playoff spot, albeit by one point, more than halfway through the season.  (20)

22. Philadelphia Flyers.  Couturier heading toward 40-goal season. (23)

23. New York Islanders.  Worst goaltending in the league ruining their postseason hopes. (21)

24. Florida Panthers. Went 6-3-1 in last 10 to get within six points of playoff spot. (25)

25. Detroit Red Wings.  Had 41 points in 41 games during mediocre first half. (24)

26. Edmonton Oilers.  Got outscored,  32-11, during 1-6-1 slump. (26)

27. Montreal Canadiens. Worst trade of the summer? Here's a vote for Sergachev to Tampa for Drouin. (28)

28. Vancouver Canucks. Snapped 0-4-1 slide with first win of '18, impressive showing at Columbus. (27)

29. Ottawa Senators. Six road wins, five shootout losses, minus-32 goal differential. (29)

30. Buffalo Sabres. It's mid-January and they have 11 wins. Yes, 11. Yeesh.  (30)

31. Arizona Coyotes.  Scored two goals in first 3 1/2 minutes vs. Oilers. Didn't score again. (31)

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