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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Boston Bruins. There's zero Game 7 hangover with just one regulation loss in first 12 games. (5) 2. Washington Capitals. Sabres found out the hard way there's lots of depth up front. (4) 3. New York Islanders. Trotz quickly gets team rolling again after 1-3 start. (6) 4. Carolina Hurricanes. Svechn…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Colorado Avalanche.  Living up to high preseason expectations that they might be Central's best (1) 2. Buffalo Sabres. Hutton and Ullmark have combined for 113 saves during their three shutouts. (3) 3. Edmonton Oilers.  Koskinen is first goalie in franchise history to open a season 5-0. (2) 4. Wash…

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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 se…

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Through Friday's games. Preseason rankings in parentheses. 1. Carolina Hurricanes. First 5-0 start in club history, including Hartford days. (16) 2. St. Louis Blues. Raised Cup with OT loss to Caps, then won three straight. (2). 3. Edmonton Oilers. McDavid is McDavid, but James Neal looks like Rocket Richard thus far. (24) 4. Colorado Avalanche. No post-contrac…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Entered the finale with 61 wins and plus-100 goal differential. Remarkable. (1) 2. Calgary Flames. Peters doesn't get nearly enough Coach of Year thought.  (3) 3. Boston Bruins. Concern growing about Rask as playoffs loom. (2) 4. Washington Capitals. Champs drove hard to Metro …

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  No Trotz-like drama for Cooper, who signs multi-year extension to stay as coach. (1) 2. Boston Bruins.  Own NHL's longest home win streak this season at 12 straight. (3) 3. Calgary Flames.  Monahan pushes career-high goal total to 33 during four-point game. (2) 4. Washington C…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Cooper clips Caps to get 300th NHL coaching victory in 500th game, push team to 120 points. (1) 2. Calgary Flames. Will wear "Retro red" sweaters for all playoff home games. (2) https://twitter.com/NHLFlames/status/1109122565501566977 3. Boston Bruins. Fifth 30-goal season for …

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Three meetings with Caps in two weeks started Saturday. East final preview? (1) 2. Calgary Flames. First team with consecutive five-point games (Gaudreau 6, Tkachuk 5) since 2009 Ducks. (3) 3. San Jose Sharks.  Started March 6-0 before home loss to Panthers. (4) 4. Boston Bruin…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Remarkable current paces are 62 wins, 128 points and 317 goals. (1) 2. Boston Bruins.  Dramatic two-goal rally in final minute stuns Panthers,  extends point streak to 18 games. (3) 3. Calgary Flames. Eight of next 10 at home, starting with visit from Vegas on Sunday. (2) 4. Sa…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Suffered first shutout loss of season in OT defeat to Blues. (1) 2. Calgary Flames. Game of the Week potential Tuesday night in Tampa. (2) 3. San Jose Sharks. Kane scores twice in Saddledome dousing of Flames. (5) 4. Winnipeg Jets.  Stunning slump for Laine with just two goals…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Endured first shutout of season -- but still escaped with 1-0 shootout win over Islanders. (1) 2. Calgary Flames. In wake of 8-1-1 month,  Gaudreau is NHL's First Star for January. (2) 3. Winnipeg Jets.  Connor's goal with 1:14 left in regulation hands heartbreak to Blue Jackets. …

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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…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Took 48 games for them to lose their 10th in regulation. Pretty amazing. (1) 2. Calgary Flames. Giordano minus-3 vs. Sabres, including toasting on Eichel OT goal. (2) 3. Winnipeg Jets. The Central leader and favorite, just as most pundits picked them in September. (8) 4. San Jo…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Improved to 12-0 vs. Metro teams with comeback win over Canes.  (1) 2. Calgary Flames.  Leapfrogged all contenders to get to second overall. (3) 3. San Jose Sharks.  Only NHL team with seven players with at least 30 points.  (9) 4. Toronto Maple Leafs. Tavares on 55-goal pace,…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. First team since '44 Habs with 31 wins in first 40 games. (1) 2. Toronto Maple Leafs. Need a quick return to goal from injured Andersen. (2) 3. Calgary Flames. Lindholm joins Gaudreau and Monahan in 20-goal club in first half. (5) 4. Vegas Golden Knights. Pulled even with Flame…