Stars No. 5 in ESPN Power Rankings

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The Stars are No. 5 in this week's ESPN.com Power Rankings, which were put together by Pierre LeBrun. The No. 5 ranking is two spots lower than Scott Burnside had the Stars last week.

LeBrun says of the Stars:

OK, OK ... I can't totally ignore early-season perfection. Brad Richards (UFA July 1) has been on fire, and so has goalie Kari Lehtonen, who is the masked man GM Joe Nieuwendyk is gambling on to turn around the fortunes of this franchise.

The full rankings, which have Washington at the top, are here.