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The finale

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Jordan Staal's Pittsburgh Penguins take on Vincent Lecavalier's Tampa Bay Lightning in the opening round. (Getty Images) Author: The Hockey News

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The finale

Adam Proteau
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The NHL’s regular season is over and, starting Wednesday night, the league’s playoffs begin. That means this is the final NHL power rankings for another season - and for an added bonus, we’re including THN’s exclusive Stanley Cup odds (found in the April 18th playoff edition of the magazine).

Be sure to also check out our Round 1 Preview to get our take on who will get past the first round.

And remember, for constant and in-depth coverage of the post-season, there’s no better place to be than THN.com.

THE HOCKEY NEWS POWER RANKINGS
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1

Vancouver Canucks

1

54-19-9

3-1

Dominant Canucks get shot at exorcising demons of recent playoffs past by facing Hawks

2

Washington Capitals

2

48-23-11

13-2

It’s Alex (Ovechkin) the Great vs. King Henrik (Lundqvist) in rematch of 2009 quarterfinal

3

Pittsburgh Penguins

5

49-25-8

17-1

What might have been high-scoring series against Lightning now more likely to be defensive showdown without Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin

4

San Jose Sharks

3

48-25-9

19-2

Sharks one of league’s hottest teams entering playoffs, need Big Three to come through against plucky Kings

5

Philadelphia Flyers

6

47-23-12

6-1

Prolonged skid should come to halt with return of Chris Pronger in playoffs

6

Detroit Red Wings

4

47-25-10

11-2

Will Chris Osgood be an option for Wings? Doesn’t look good for first round, at least

7

Boston Bruins

8

46-25-11

9-1

Showdown with Canadiens will be the most-watched series of first round for many reasons

8

Anaheim Ducks

12

47-30-5

39-1

Ducks arguably the most dangerous of any team entering the playoffs

9

Tampa Bay Lightning

10

46-25-11

18-1

Bolts have won just three playoff games since 2004 Cup run

10

Nashville Predators

11

44-27-11

37-1

Predators will need to win games by low scores to outlast hot Ducks in first round

11

Phoenix Coyotes

7

43-26-13

24-1

Coyotes still looking for their first playoff series win in franchise history

12

Los Angeles Kings

9

46-30-6

15-1

Few giving Kings a chance of beating California rivals in San Jose; that might be the way Los Angeles prefers it

13

Buffalo Sabres

16

43-29-10

45-1

Sabres have won three of past five first round series against Flyers

14

Chicago Blackhawks

14

44-29-9

13-1

Hawks aren’t inspiring post-season confidence with late-season letdowns, but underestimate them and you’re toast

15

Montreal Canadiens

17

44-30-8

29-1

Canadiens have chance to avenge Max Pacioretty in best way possible - by eliminating Bruins

16

New York Rangers

13

44-33-5

30-1

Backing into playoffs, benching Marian Gaborik not good omens for Blueshirts’ playoffs

17

Calgary Flames

19

41-29-12

N/A

Flames’ future tangled up in salary cap hell; dealing Jarome Iginla still a possibility

18

Dallas Stars

20

42-29-11

N/A

Will ugly end to Stars season be punctuated by departure of Brad Richards?

19

Carolina Hurricanes

15

40-31-11

N/A

Last-day loss to Bolts will haunt Canes all off-season

20

St. Louis Blues

21

38-33-11

N/A

Ownership issues mean Blues will need to improve from within next season

21

Toronto Maple Leafs

18

37-34-11

N/A

Lots to like for Leafs next season, but no shortage of question marks as well

22

Minnesota Wild

26

39-35-8

N/A

Firing of coach Todd Richards a move many saw coming a mile away

23

New Jersey Devils

23

38-39-5

N/A

Maybe Jacques Lemaire can coach by Skype next season?

24

Atlanta Thrashers

22

34-36-12

N/A

Finding new owner as much of a priority as bolstering inconsistent on-ice attack

25

Ottawa Senators

27

32-40-10

N/A

Firing coach Cory Clouston won’t improve Sens’ lack of organizational depth

26

New York Islanders

24

30-39-13

N/A

Islanders need infusion of veterans this summer to help good collection of kids

27

Columbus Blue Jackets

25

34-35-13

N/A

Rick Nash has to be getting sick of this routine, no?

28

Florida Panthers

28

30-40-12

N/A

Whomever replaces Pete DeBoer as Panthers coach should be prepared for tough days ahead

29

Colorado Avalanche

29

30-44-8

N/A

Will Joe Sacco pay the price for disastrous season the way DeBoer, Richards and Clouston have?

30

Edmonton Oilers

30

25-45-12

N/A

Season of growing pains for Oilers must lead to tangible improvements next year

The Hockey News ranks the teams 1-30 each Monday based on a combination of last week’s play and a squad’s overall outlook.

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