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Mike Harrington's NHL Power Rankings

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

1. Washington Capitals. On road to 700, remarkable Ovechkin on 56-goal pace at age 34. (1)

2. St. Louis Blues. Hosting All-Star Game a precursor to hosting another Cup final? (2)

3. Boston Bruins. Going to be very interesting to see if they hold off Tampa in Atlantic. (3)

4. Pittsburgh Penguins. Sid-Ovi again in Round Two come May? Sign us up. (4)

5. Tampa Bay Lightning. Big bounceback for Shattenkirk, with 27 points, plus-21 rating. (5)

6. Colorado Avalanche. MacKinnon is first-half MVP, non-McDavid division. (7)

7. Florida Panthers. Nobody would have guessed they would become league's highest-scoring club. (18)

8. Columbus Blue Jackets. Break came at bad time with 16 wins in 20 games. (14)

9. New York Islanders. In major battle with three other teams for third in Metro. (6)

10. Dallas Stars. Outscored, 11-1, in final two before break vs. Sabres and Wild. (8)

11. Vancouver Canucks. Hughes isn't Makar but he still rates Calder consideration. (12)

12. Edmonton Oilers. NHL scoring lead at break: McDavid 27-49-76, Draisaitl 27-48-75. (13)

13. Calgary Flames. Can you really make the playoffs with a minus-12 goal differential? (9)

14. Arizona Coyotes. Two losses can easily send you first to fourth in Pacific. (11)

15. Carolina Hurricanes. Hamilton's broken leg is a major blow. (15)

16. Philadelphia Flyers. If you believe in bad karma, Gritty investigation not a good sign. (16)

17. Vegas Golden Knights. DeBoer's first big priority is shorter shifts for his forwards. (17)

18. Toronto Maple Leafs. Fell out of playoff spot with 1-3-2 slide into break. (10)

19. Winnipeg Jets. Went 1-6 and got outscored, 26-15, in final seven before the break. (19)

20. Chicago Blackhawks. Terrific Tuesday in United Center with ceremonies for Kane's 1,000th, Quenneville's return. (22)

21. Nashville Predators. A very stale club Sabres should have beat in final game before break. (23)

22. Buffalo Sabres. With nine at home, the next 10 games will determine Botterill's path to the deadline. (20)

23. Minnesota Wild. One giant tease of a team. Just not good enough. (25)

24. New York Rangers. Plenty of teams will be interested in Georgiev as an option in net. (21)

25. Montreal Canadiens. Kovalchuk (7-10-17 in 25 games) might be a great rental pickup. (25)

26. San Jose Sharks. Ownership gives vote of confidence to embattled GM Doug Wilson. (26)

27. Anaheim Ducks. The open for business sign is out. (28)

28. Ottawa Senators. Just 1-5-4 since Dec. 23 win over Sabres. Can't be a repeat here Tuesday. (30)

29. New Jersey Devils. NHL-low seven home wins in 22 games. (30)

30. Los Angeles Kings. See Ducks. Ditto. (28)

31. Detroit Red Wings. Ghastly minus-90 goal differential at break. Next is Devils at minus-47. (31)

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