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CP's weekly NHL rankings

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1. Detroit Red Wings. Mike Babcock for coach of the year?

2. Anaheim Ducks. Chris Pronger should be back in the next week.

3. Buffalo Sabres. Can really hurt rival Maple Leafs in back-to-back games this week.

4. Nashville Predators. Injury woes a real concern.

5. Vancouver Canucks. Canada's best shot at a Stanley Cup?

6. Ottawa Senators. Or is this Canada's best shot at a Stanley Cup?

7. San Jose Sharks. Priming for playoffs with 6-1-3 run.

8. Pittsburgh Penguins. Breathing down the necks of the Devils.

9. New Jersey Devils. A groin concern with Patrick Elias, John Madden and Brian Gionta also out.

10. Minnesota Wild. Chasing the Canucks for the Northwest title.

11. Atlanta Thrashers. Statement win over the Sabres.

12. Dallas Stars. Welcome back Brenden Morrow.

13. Colorado Avalanche. An Avalanche of wins has red-hot Colorado back in the playoff race.

14. New York Rangers. Brendan Shanahan close to returning to a club on fire at 6-1-3 in their last 10.

15. Calgary Flames. The collars are tightening and the knuckles are whitening.

16. Carolina Hurricanes. Surviving without Cam Ward.

17. Tampa Bay Lightning. Oops, suddenly the Bolts fall into the bubble race.

18. New York Islanders. Rick DiPietro's importance was proven over the last week.

19. Montreal Canadiens. Winning last two games over the Leafs could prove to be huge.

20. Toronto Maple Leafs. Friday loss at Washington may come back to haunt them.

21. Florida Panthers. Who plays goal for this team next season?

22. Boston Bruins. Who plays goal for this team next season?

23. St. Louis Blues. Playing hard to the end.

24. Washington Capitals. Combined 12-2 romps over Toronto and Tampa. What gives?

25. Columbus Blue Jackets. Ken Hitchcock will get these guys to the next level next season.

26. Chicago Blackhawks. Will be busy this summer in free agency.

27. Phoenix Coyotes. Is this JR's last season?

28. Edmonton Oilers. Winless in 11 and counting...

29. Los Angeles Kings. Lead the NHL with 14 overtime or shootout losses.

30. Philadelphia Flyers. GM Paul Holmgren gets a real shot at rebuilding this team.

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