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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

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

1. Nashville Predators.  Wrapped up first Presidents' Trophy in franchise history. (1)

2. Tampa Bay Lightning. Gourde sets franchise rookie mark for goals and points. (3)

3. Winnipeg Jets.  Lot of pressure on team that has never won a playoff game in its second reincarnation. (5)

4. Boston Bruins.  No fun in the sun: Blanked in Tampa, stumbled in Sunrise. (2)

5. Vegas Golden Knights.  Karlsson with goal of the year as playoffs loom.(4)

6. Washington Capitals. Ovi cracks 1,000 games but can he crack the second round?  (7)

7.  Toronto Maple Leafs.  Bruins, Bolts pushing hard to the end to avoid facing them in round one. (6)

8. San Jose Sharks. Kane with nine goals, 14 points in 16 games as team has gone 11-4-1.  (8)

9. Pittsburgh Penguins. Not many observers expecting a three-peat but it's impossible to discount  them. (10)

10. Anaheim Ducks. Six straight trips to the playoffs. (13)

11. Minnesota Wild.  Suter's season-ending injury is a death knell to any real playoff run. (9)

12. Los Angeles Kings.  Brown's four-goal game caps incredible turnaround season. (11)

13. Columbus Blue Jackets.  OT loss to Pens a sobering reminder of what could lie ahead. (12)

14. New Jersey Devils.  Hall will finally get his shot at the postseason. (17)

15. St. Louis Blues.  Winner-take all Saturday in Denver. (14)

16. Colorado Avalanche.  See Blues. It comes down to Game 82. (15).

17. Philadelphia Flyers. Giroux enters final game with career-high 99 points. (16)

18. Florida Panthers. Stayed alive with gritty win over Bruins. (18)

19. Dallas Stars.  Lots of folks wondering if playoff miss means Hitchcock will be one and done in return. (19)

20. Calgary Flames.  Gulutzan's seat might be hottest one in the league after collapse down the stretch. (20)

21. Carolina Hurricanes. New owner Dundon bumped up GM Francis, might send out coach Peters after disappointing season. (21)

22. New York Rangers.  It's Yankees season. (22)

23. New York Islanders. It's Mets season.  (23)

24. Edmonton Oilers.  Joined Wild as only team with three wins over Vegas. (24)

25. Chicago Blackhawks. Quenneville, Bowman built up too much equity to sack them after one bad year. (25)

26. Detroit Red Wings.  Larkin, Zetterberg only players over 50 points. (26)

27. Montreal Canadiens. The 25th anniversary of last Cup win will pass with team out of playoffs for second time in three years. (27)

28. Vancouver Canucks. Bravo, Henrik and Daniel. And what a last ride at Rogers Arena. (28)

29. Arizona Coyotes.  The pick for a New Jersey/Colorado-style turnaround in 2018-19. (30)

30. Ottawa Senators. Karlsson skipping final road trip of season. Final trip with the Sens? (29)

31. Buffalo Sabres.  First team in history to chant, "We're No. 31." A season-long disgrace at home. (31)

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