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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

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

1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Defense struggling without Hedman: Gave up 15 goals on four-game Western roadie. (1)

2. Vegas Golden Knights. Karlsson had 18 goals in first 183 NHL games, has 29 in 54 games this season. (2)

3. Boston Bruins. Rask's point streak in goal hits 21 games at 19-0-2. (4).

4. Winnipeg Jets. Opened 10-game homestand 3-0-1 to push season mark to 20-3-2. (3)

5.  Toronto Maple Leafs. Sensational shootout win over Preds was one of the best games of entire NHL season. (8)

6. St. Louis Blues. Have 19 home wins but allowed 18 goals in last three losses at Scottrade Center. (7)

7. Nashville Predators. Cup final could easily return to Broadway honky tonks come June. (5)

8. Washington Capitals. Quietly holding on to Metro lead as Penguins charge. (6)

9. Dallas Stars. Klingberg is league's first defenseman to 50 points. (10)

10. San Jose Sharks. Burns had no goals at Thanksgiving but has pushed total to nine. (9)

11. Pittsburgh Penguins. Riding home dominance but have to figure out 10-15-2 road record. (11)

12. Minnesota Wild. Can't blow 3-0 lead at home to Coyotes and lose in OT. Ever. (12)

13. Calgary Flames. Hard to fathom being 13-13-3 at home and 15-5-5 on the road. (17)

14. Los Angeles Kings. Heated battle with Flames, Sharks, Wild, Avs for three spots. (18)

15. Colorado Avalanche. Could be without injured MacKinnon and Rantanen here Sunday. (13)

16. Anaheim Ducks. After blowout loss in Toronto, desperately needed to pull out OT win over Sabres. (14)

17. New Jersey Devils. Even goal differential through 53 games. (15)

18. Philadelphia Flyers. With Voracek and Giroux, join Bolts and Pens as only teams with two 60-point scorers. (19)

19. Columbus Blue Jackets. Maintained playoff spot with Islanders' loss in Buffalo. (16)

20. New York Islanders. Gave up average of 45.5 shots per game in five-game stretch before loss to Sabres. (23)

21. Chicago Blackhawks. Stunner: Last in Central, just about toast for playoffs for first time since 2008. (20)

22. Carolina Hurricanes. Have scored two goals or less in seven straight home games, going 2-4-1. (21)

23. New York Rangers. "Open for Business" sign posted for the hockey world to see. (22)

24. Florida Panthers. Just waiting for them to sell. (26)

25. Edmonton Oilers. McDavid went from 13th to third in scoring race with four-goal game. (25)

26. Detroit Red Wings. Lots of All-Stars said they be interested in picking up Green at the deadline. (24)

27. Vancouver Canucks. Sedins need to decide status for next season. (27)

28. Montreal Canadiens. Time to blow it up, once and for all. (28)

29. Ottawa Senators. Good to see Player Safety throw the book at Burrows for scummy assault of Hall. (29)

30. Buffalo Sabres. Fans sending long-overdue message by finally staying away from KeyBank Freezer. (30)

31. Arizona Coyotes. Keller's OT goal caps huge comeback in Minnesota. (31)

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