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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

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

1. Colorado Avalanche.  Only team without a regulation loss (6-0-1) after MacKinnon OT winner at Florida. (4)

2. Edmonton Oilers. McDavid first to 17 points in first seven games since Mario Lemieux in 1995. (3)

3. Buffalo Sabres. Hutton joins Bob Sauve (1979) with two shutouts in first five games of a season. (6)

4. Boston Bruins. Pastrnak scores five straight goals over two games. (5)

5. Pittsburgh Penguins.  Even with injury outbreak, ran off five straight wins after 1-2 start. (18)

6. Anaheim Ducks.  Physical pounding they put on Sabres was surely noted by other teams. (8)

7. Carolina Hurricanes. Huge start for Hamilton with nine points and NHL-best plus-8 rating in eight games. (1)

8. Washington Capitals.  With 14 points in eight games, Carlson is runaway scoring leader among defensemen. (12)

9. St. Louis Blues. Sandwiched OT loss on Long Island and shootout loss to Canucks around Cup trip to White House.  (2).

10. Vegas Golden Knights. Another fast start for Fleury with five wins in eight starts. (11).

11. Tampa Bay Lightning. Stamkos entered weekend three goals shy of 400 for his career. (7).

12. Toronto Maple Leafs. Huge loss as Tavares goes down with broken finger just prior to home-and-home with Bruins. (14)

13. Vancouver Canucks. Scored 18 goals in winning four straight. (24)

14. Calgary Flames. Lost the trade: As Neal goes wild in Edmonton, Lucic without a goal in first eight games. (15)

15. New York Islanders.  Three goals apiece in three straight wins. (26)

16. Nashville Predators. No excuse for 25 goals against in seven games. (9)

17. Montreal Canadiens. Mete nets first career NHL goal in 127th game, longest wait in franchise history. (19)

18. Arizona Coyotes. Kessel with first two goals of season in win over Preds to cap 3-0-1 run. (22)

19. Winnipeg Jets. Only one win in first four home games. (13)

20. Columbus Blue Jackets. Absurd between-the-legs game-winner by Milano takes shine off Stars. (27)

21. Florida Panthers. Other than Hoffman, top guns sluggish thus far. (20)

22. San Jose Sharks. First-period hat trick by Kane foils Canes, is a franchise first. (23)

23. Detroit Red Wings. Athanasiou, Abdelkader both without a goal. (10)

24. Philadelphia Flyers. Former Sabre Chris Stewart signed off tryout contract. (17)

25. Chicago Blackhawks. Toews' first of season is OT winner over Jackets. (28)

26. New York Rangers. Schedule finally heating up with seven games in 13 days, including Thursday's visit by Sabres. (17)

27. Los Angeles Kings. Endured back-to-back blankings by Canes and Sabres despite 78 shots on goal. (25)

28. New Jersey Devils.  Took until 7th game for first win, Hughes' first point. (29)

29. Ottawa Senators.  Old friend Nilsson makes career-high 52 saves in shootout loss at Vegas. (31)

30. Dallas Stars. Big 'D' stands for "disaster". (21)

31. Minnesota Wild. Not an elite team but too many veterans to be this bad. (30)

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