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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…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. With 61 points in 38 games, Kucherov takes over lead in scoring race. (1) 2. Toronto Maple Leafs. Concern growing over Andersen's groin injury. (3) 3. Washington Capitals. Ovechkin stuck at 29 goals with none for four straight games. (6) 4. Winnipeg Jets.  Have been held to one…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning. Suddenly making a runaway of Atlantic race. (1) 2. Winnipeg Jets. Wheeler up to 42 assists out of his 47 points. (2) 3. Toronto Maple Leafs.  Matthews, Marner show versatility in "Nutcracker" roles with Ballet of Canada. (4) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W82W75J1f-A 4. Cal…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Vasilevskiy with heroic 48-save return to steal win from Leafs. (1) 2. Winnipeg Jets.  Took over top spot in West with 4-3 OT win in Chicago. (7) 3. Nashville Predators. Subban's absence is 14 games and counting. (3) 4. Toronto Maple Leafs.  Dropped three of four, giving up 16…

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Through Friday's games. Last week's rankings in parentheses. 1. Tampa Bay Lightning.  Veteran core was bent on revenge against Sabres. (2) 2. Toronto Maple Leafs. Six straight wins at home by multiple goals for first time since 1968. (4) 3. Buffalo Sabres.  A franchise-altering win streak signals a new era. (3) 4. Nashville Predators.  Sabres are at rollicking …