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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

Through All-Star break. Last week's rankings in parentheses.

1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Absolute monster numbers: On pace for 62 wins, 127 points and 333 goals. (1)

2. Calgary Flames. Gaudreau pushing Tampa's Kucherov as Hart favorite. (2)

3. Winnipeg Jets. Backup goalie Brossoit is 10-1-1, 2.01/.943. (3)

4. San Jose Sharks. Great show downtown and at rink for All-Star Weekend. (4)

5. Nashville Predators. Got long-desired invitation to Winter Classic to meet Stars. (6)

6. New York Islanders. More points than the Tavares-led Leafs at the break. Amazing. (8)

7. Toronto Maple Leafs. Matthews' heartfelt tribute to teammate and ex-Shark Marleau a highlight of Skills Challenge. (5)

8. Vegas Golden Knights. Are a troubling 13-13-1 on the road. (7)

9. Montreal Canadiens. Atlantic surprise: One point behind Leafs, two points ahead of Bruins. (13)

10. Washington Capitals. Champs are chumps with ugly seven-game skid. (9)

11. Columbus Blue Jackets. Hall of Famer Marty St. Louis joins old friend Tortorella as coaching consultant. (10)

12. Boston Bruins. All-Star Pastrnak taken 25th in 2014 but leads entire draft class with 121 goals. (11)

13. Pittsburgh Penguins. A plus-23 goal differential says they'll be better than the second wild-card soon. (12)

14. Minnesota Wild. Have moved into third in Central with Avs and Stars sinking. (19)

15. Carolina Hurricanes. Pulled even with Sabres, wiping out seven-point gap in two weeks. (16)

16. Buffalo Sabres. Nice moment for franchise to have two All-Stars for first time since 2007. (14)

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17. Colorado Avalanche. Falling fast and now MacKinnon has a foot problem. (15)

18. Dallas Stars. Good to see a nontraditional place get a chance to host a Winter Classic. (17)

19. Vancouver Canucks. Being tied for final West wild-card in first Sedins-less season is a strong showing. (20)

20. Arizona Coyotes. Have jumped into West turtle race for last spot with 6-2-2 run. (24)

21. Anaheim Ducks. Minus-33 goal differential better than only Hawks and Kings. (21)

22. New York Rangers. Lundqvist put on a show in All-Star Save Streak with 12 straight stops. (22)

23. St. Louis Blues. Still only three points out after disastrous first half. (23)

24. Edmonton Oilers. Should have shown GM Chiarelli the door a long time ago. (18)

25. Florida Panthers. Huge disappointment to be 10 points out of playoffs at break. (29)

26. Detroit Red Wings.  Squeezed out win in Edmonton that was last straw for Oilers to make big change. (25)

27. Chicago Blackhawks. At age 30, Kane was All-Star elder statesman with eighth appearance. (31)

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28. Los Angeles Kings. Sharks fans crushed rival Doughty with boos during All-Star festivities. (28)

29. Philadelphia Flyers. Gritty is the new face of the franchise. (27)

30. New Jersey Devils. Season sunk by NHL's worst road record at 5-17-3. (26)

31. Ottawa Senators. Amazing to see Stone at plus-15 on such a lousy team. Does he re-sign? (30)

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