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Mike Harrington's NHL power rankings

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

1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Sensational OT goal by ex-Griff Conacher is the winner in Dallas. (2)

2. Nashville Predators.  Moved atop West after outscoring foes, 29-12, in six-game winning streak. (3)

3. Vegas Golden Knights.  Swept by Kings in home-and-home for first two-game skid in more than five weeks. (1)

4. Boston Bruins. Even without Bergeron, bombarded Pens with five-goal first period. (4)

5.  Toronto Maple Leafs.  First meeting of season with Sabres finally comes here Monday. Such a stupid schedule. (6)

6. Winnipeg Jets.  Blew 5-3 lead, chance at Central lead with third-period collapse vs. Preds. (5)

7. Washington Capitals.  Great Eight closing in on 600 goals, has 30 vs. Sabres. (8)

8. Minnesota Wild.  Line of Zucker-Staal-Granlund explodes for 26 points in three games. (10)

9. San Jose Sharks. Bold move to add Kane will get plenty of scrutiny as season winds down. (12)

10. Philadelphia Flyers.  Head-scratching loss to Canes derailed run to Metro lead. (9)

11. Los Angeles Kings. On the move: Got Carter back, swept Vegas. (16)

12. Pittsburgh Penguins. With Murray concussed, why no deal with Sabres for Lehner or Johnson? (7)

13. Dallas Stars. Hitchcock running out of patience with power play, which drops into bottom 10. (11)

14. Anaheim Ducks. Stood pat while others in Pacific added big pieces. (13)

15. New Jersey Devils.  Hall yet to be blanked in 2018, point streak at 23 games. (17)

16. St. Louis Blues.  Was Stastny trade an odd white flag or just a way to shake up the room? (14)

17. Calgary Flames. Underrated on the entertainment scale, Gaudreau & Co. are here Wednesday. (15)

18. Colorado Avalanche. Still alive with eight games vs. Central foes in March. (18)

19. Columbus Blue Jackets. Made adds at deadline, then got crowned by Kings. (21)

20. Carolina Hurricanes. Entering rugged three-game Central stretch vs. Jets, Wild, Hawks. (20)

21. Florida Panthers. While no one was looking, they crept back into wild-card race. (23)

22. New York Islanders. The sense is they're falling out of the race. (19)

23. Detroit Red Wings. How in the world did they not trade Mike Green? (25)

24. Chicago Blackhawks. With three goals in 17 games, Kane really misses Panarin. (22)

25. New York Rangers. A 6-5 OT win in Vancouver was stupid late-night fun. (24)

26. Montreal Canadiens. Pacioretty stays and says he's relieved no deal happened. (26)

27. Edmonton Oilers.  McDavid up to 77 points in 64 games, on pace for 99. (27)

28. Vancouver Canucks.  Kept Gudbranson with three-year, $12-million extension. (28)

29. Ottawa Senators.  So do they re-sign Karlsson or work a bombshell trade at the draft? (29)

30. Buffalo Sabres. It's sure hard to explain five wins over Lightning and Bruins.  (30)

31. Arizona Coyotes.  Ekman-Larsson with an NHL-worst minus-38 rating. Yes, minus-38. (31)

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