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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

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

1. Vegas Golden Knights.  Best story in the NHL in years. Swept Lightning. Legitimate chance for deep playoff run. (2)

2. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Role as All-Star host could snap them out of their boredom. (1)

3. Boston Bruins.  Fifteen-game point streak blowing away Leafs in Atlantic standing. (6)

4. Washington Capitals. Carlson having great season on the blueline. (3)

5. Nashville Predators. Return trip to Cup final a distinct possibility. (5)

6. Winnipeg Jets.  Hit their bye one point out of Central lead. (4)

7. St. Louis Blues.  Schenn's two-goal game sparks win over Sens. (7)

8 New Jersey Devils. Brilliant OT goal by Hall to beat Capitals.  (10)

9 Dallas Stars.  Klingberg a legitimate Norris candidate. (12)

10 Columbus Blue Jackets. Witch ice time dwindling, Johnson requests trade to set stage for free agency. (11)

11. Los Angeles Kings. Like Hasek in the 90s, Quick sometimes has a slinky for a spine. (8)

12. Colorado Avalanche. MacKinnon forging into Hart race during eight-game winning streak.  (19)

13.  Toronto Maple Leafs.  Offense suddenly disappears since calendar turned to 2018. (9)

14. Calgary Flames. Four-game road sweep contributed to seven-game winnnig streak. (13)

15. San Jose Sharks. Entered '16 Cup final rematch with Pens at 7-3-2 in last 12 games. (16)

16. Minnesota Wild.  Damaged during bye as Central foes went 8-0-1. (14)

17. Chicago Blackhawks.  What do they do if vertigo shelves Crawford for the season? (15)

18. New York Rangers. Shattenkirk out until at least March with torn meniscus. (17)

19. Anaheim Ducks. Opened five-game homestand with wins over Pens, Kings. (20)

20. Pittsburgh Penguins. Murray leaves team indefinitely after death of his father.  (21)

21. Philadelphia Flyers.  Classy ceremony to retire Eric Lindros' No. 88. (22)

22. New York Islanders.  How did Bruins pass on Barzal three picks in a row at 2015 draft? (23)

23. Carolina Hurricanes. Dundon gets official introduction as new owner. (18)

24. Florida Panthers. Ekblad gets OT goal in win over Golden Knights.  (24)

25. Montreal Canadiens. Won in Washington on night of Red Fisher's death. (27)

26. Detroit Red Wings.  Shiny new arena will sit empty come spring. (25)

27. Edmonton Oilers. Nugent-Hopkins out 4-6 weeks with cracked ribs. (26)

28. Vancouver Canucks.  Vanek with 13 goals, 32 points in 45 games. (28)

29. Ottawa Senators.  Team to watch at the deadline and this summer to see if Karlsson moves. (29)

30. Buffalo Sabres. Sixteen one-goal losses -- 16! -- show they're just good enough to lose. (30)

31. Arizona Coyotes.  Sabres fans can thank their lucky stars hapless Yotes still in the league. (31)

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