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CP's weekly NHL rankings

1. Anaheim Ducks. The Stanley Cup hype was real.

2. Detroit Red Wings. So far so good with Dominik Hasek's groin.

3. Buffalo Sabres. Healthy bodies on the way back.

4. San Jose Sharks. Hottest team in the West.

5. Nashville Predators. Winning the Central, a pre-season goal, may not happen.

6. Vancouver Canucks. Roberto Luongo has made a very strong case for the Hart Trophy.

7. Ottawa Senators. Hottest team in the East.

8. Pittsburgh Penguins. The games still matter this week with the Atlantic title on the line.

9. Calgary Flames. Heck of a response to Colorado's challenge.

10. New Jersey Devils. Claude Julien is 33 games over .500 in his short NHL coaching career - and he's been fired twice.

11. Dallas Stars. Mike Ribeiro leads the Stars in scoring.

12. Minnesota Wild. Tops in NHL with only 2.32 goals against per game.

13. Atlanta Thrashers. Exciting times - first playoff berth in franchise history.

14. New York Rangers. Statement win over Toronto on Sunday night.

15. Tampa Bay Lightning. Rocket Richard Trophy should be Vincent Lecavalier's.

16. Montreal Canadiens. Great new for Habs fans: Cristobal Huet cleared by doctors.

17. Toronto Maple Leafs. Must, must, must win in Long Island on Thursday night.

18. Colorado Avalanche. The streak started too late.

19. Carolina Hurricanes. Hammered by injuries on the back end.

20. New York Islanders. No Rick DiPietro, no chance.

21. St. Louis Blues. Andy Murray now changes focus to Canada and men's world championship.

22. Florida Panthers. Teased their fans all season long.

23. Boston Bruins. Hannu Toivonen gets a late-season look.

24. Washington Capitals. Would UFA centre Daniel Briere look good here next season?

25. Columbus Blue Jackets. Rick Nash to continue his season at world championship.

26. Chicago Blackhawks. Martin Havlat has averaged a point a game when healthy.

27. Los Angeles Kings. Jack Johnson takes his place for good on the Kings' blue-line.

28. Edmonton Oilers. Next year can't come fast enough.

29. Phoenix Coyotes. A very frustrating year for Wayne Gretzky.

30. Philadelphia Flyers. Surprise stat: fourth-best PK in the NHL.



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