Power Rankings: Columbus Blue Jackets remain the class of the league, with Wild close behind

— -- I'm back behind the controls of the good ship Power Rankings. Feels good. Natural. Right. So let's set the record straight as we sail into 2017 and the league closes in on the midpoint of what has been an unpredictable season so far.

1. (Last week: 1) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/cbj/columbus-blue-jackets">Columbus Blue Jackets</a>, 26-5-4

2. (2)? <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/min/minnesota-wild">Minnesota Wild</a>, 23-9-4

3. (4)? <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/pit/pittsburgh-penguins">Pittsburgh Penguins</a>, 25-8-5

4. (5) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/nyr/new-york-rangers">New York Rangers</a>, 26-12-1

5. (9) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/wsh/washington-capitals">Washington Capitals</a>, 22-9-5

6. (3) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/chi/chicago-blackhawks">Chicago Blackhawks</a>, 23-11-5

7. (8) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/sj/san-jose-sharks">San Jose Sharks</a>, 23-13-1

8.? (6) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/mtl/montreal-canadiens">Montreal Canadiens</a>, 22-9-6

9. (12) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/stl/st-louis-blues">St. Louis Blues</a>, 19-13-5

10.?(11) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/edm/edmonton-oilers">Edmonton Oilers</a>, 19-12-7

11. (16) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/ana/anaheim-ducks">Anaheim Ducks</a>, 19-12-8

12. (15) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/cgy/calgary-flames">Calgary Flames</a>, 20-17-2

13. (14) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/la/los-angeles-kings">Los Angeles Kings</a>, 18-15-4

14. (19) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/car/carolina-hurricanes">Carolina Hurricanes</a>, 16-13-7

15.? (7) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/phi/philadelphia-flyers">Philadelphia Flyers</a>, 20-14-5

16.?(24)? <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/tor/toronto-maple-leafs">Toronto Maple Leafs</a>, 17-12-7

17.?(10) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/ott/ottawa-senators">Ottawa Senators</a>, 20-13-4

18. (13) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/bos/boston-bruins">Boston Bruins</a>, 20-15-4

19.?(17) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/tb/tampa-bay-lightning">Tampa Bay Lightning</a>, 19-15-4

20.?(20) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/nsh/nashville-predators">Nashville Predators</a>, 16-14-6

21.?(23) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/dal/dallas-stars">Dallas Stars</a>, 12-11-2

22. (27) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/van/vancouver-canucks">Vancouver Canucks</a>, 17-18-3

23. (22) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/fla/florida-panthers">Florida Panthers</a>, 16-14-8

24.?(18) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/wpg/winnipeg-jets">Winnipeg Jets</a>, 17-19-3

25. (21) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/det/detroit-red-wings">Detroit Red Wings</a>, 16-16-5

26.?(26) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/nyi/new-york-islanders">New York Islanders</a>, 15-15-6

27. (28) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/buf/buffalo-sabres">Buffalo Sabres</a>, 13-15-8

28.?(25) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/nj/new-jersey-devils">New Jersey Devils</a>, 14-16-7

29.?(30) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/ari/arizona-coyotes">Arizona Coyotes</a>, 11-21-5

30.? (29) <a href="http://www.espn.com/nhl/team/_/name/col/colorado-avalanche">Colorado Avalanche</a>, 12-23-1