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NHL power rankings: Tampa Bay, Colorado are the teams to beat

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Star Tribune hockey writer Sarah McLellan rates the teams as the new season faces off Tuesday.
WESTERN CONFERENCE

1. Colorado Avalanche: Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen lead a serious Cup contender.

2. Vegas Golden Knights: Robin Lehner is the undisputed starter after previously sharing the crease with Marc-Andre Fleury.

3. Winnipeg Jets: An already sturdy blue line acquired Nate Schmidt and Brenden Dillon.

4. Edmonton Oilers: After getting swept by the Jets in the first round of the playoffs, the Oilers boosted their forward depth. Connor McDavid was the league MVP.

5. Wild: The spotlight is on Kirill Kaprizov as the NHL's reigning Rookie of the Year after the team dropped longtime fixtures Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

6. Dallas Stars: Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov are healthy again after both missed significant time last season with injury.

7. St. Louis Blues: Vladimir Tarasenko is still with the Blues, who are only three seasons removed from a Stanley Cup, despite requesting a trade.

8. Chicago Blackhawks: Marc-Andre Fleury's addition and Jonathan Toews' return should make the Blackhawks much more competitive.

9. Nashville Predators: Another MVP-type season by goalie Juuse Saros would be huge for the Predators.

10. Calgary Flames: No longer around is longtime captain Mark Giordano, who was scooped up by the Kraken in the expansion draft.

11. Vancouver Canucks: Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes were late arrivals to training camp after…
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