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NHL Power Poll

| Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003

1. New Jersey Devils. The team that feasted on one-goal games for two months has turned into a scoring juggernaut, led by Joe Nieuwendyk.

2. Dallas Stars. Lost for the first time in January on Friday. Since a three-game "slump" in December, they've gone 9-0-3.

3. Philadelphia Flyers. Yes, Hitchcock has turned the team one big, collective yawn. But they've won 10 of their last 12.

4. Ottawa Senators. On his current pace, Marian Hossa will finish with 56 goals. Team, fans await word on Bryden's bid.

5. Minnesota Wild. Two summers ago, Dwayne Roloson was out of work. Now, he's running with the lead job.

6. Toronto Maple Leafs. Gary Roberts' return will give them a grittier presence and make them tougher in traffic.

7. St. Louis Blues. The Blues have the best record in the league when falling behind 1-0 at 15-7-3-2.

8. Vancouver Canucks. Going through their worst stretch since October, they've given up the first goal in 11 straight games.

9. Detroit Red Wings. They actually resembled the Wings on Friday night against Vancouver, with Fedorov leading the charge.

10. New York Islanders. Osgood's days may be numbered. Is prodigal goalie Rick DiPietro ready to stay•

11. Washington Capitals. Cooling off after good run, but Jagr picks up the pace with his third multi-goal game of last seven.

12. Pittsburgh Penguins. Streaky play continues, although this time it's in the form of scoring, or rather not scoring, goals.

13. Chicago Blackhawks. Note to Fleury's teammates: Don't want to deal with distractions• Don't take him to a strip club and let him drink.

14. New York Rangers. With five wins in six games, the Rangers keep themselves very much in the mix.

15. Phoenix Coyotes. Team giddy over young goalie Zac Bierk, who's made 187 saves on 195 shots in six starts.

16. Montreal Canadiens. With Hackett out of the picture, it's all up to Theodore. Habs get one win in five games.

17. Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Who would have guessed the Ducks would reach 20 wins before the Avalanche•

18. Edmonton Oilers. Six rookies in the lineup and they beat the Wings, but it was their only win in four games.

19. Boston Bruins. Deal for Hackett, Jillson gives the Bruins both long and short-term help, plus McLaren situation finally resolved.

20. Buffalo Sabres. Believe it. Sabres beat Toronto, as Martin Biron extends shutout streak to 200-plus minutes

21. Tampa Bay Lightning. First they give a little payback to the Senators, then beat the Stars.

22. Atlanta Thrashers. They're 3-1-1 under Bob Hartley and 5-2-2 in their last nine games.

23. Nashville Predators. When David Legwand scores, they win. Goals scored are second-fewest in West.

24. Colorado Avalanche. They've gone 7-1-1 without Sakic already this year, but since 1997-98 they're 27-25-4-1 without him.

25. Los Angeles Kings. With four losses in a row, reports from the area say Ziggy Palffy should be on the block.

26. San Jose Sharks. McLaren may be a little while away from getting into game shape, but he'll help anchor talented young defense.

27. Florida Panthers. Among others who are struggling, Valeri Bure hasn't scored since Nov. 9.

28. Columbus Blue Jackets. Might want to start passing out flyers for Pure Platinum at opponent's hotels.

29. Calgary Flames. Two wins in a row by a goal, then get worked over by the Coyotes, 7-1.

30. Carolina Hurricanes. The '83 Whalers, I mean the Canes, have to do without Brind'amour now.

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