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NHL Power Rankings: Central Division Crowds Top

By Colin Likas
Jan 10, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his gaol against the Colorado Avalanche with his teammates during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his gaol against the Colorado Avalanche with his teammates during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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It’s time for another edition of NHL power rankings at Blackhawk Up. The dominating storylines last week in the league were the All-Star Game selections and the trade between Columbus and Nashville. Meanwhile, the Central Division is still rolling, while the Pacific Division is utter garbage. The Florida Panthers saw an impressive streak come to and end as well.

How did all of this impact our power rankings? Let’s take a look.

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Jan 9, 2016; Columbus, OH, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg (41) celebrates a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes during the third period at Nationwide Arena. Carolina beat Columbus 4-3 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports /

Will the <strong><a href=. (15-24-4). Previous: 30th. Columbus Blue Jackets. 30. team. 113

Previous: 28th. Edmonton Oilers. 29. team. 148. Edmonton has 12 home wins this season, which is more than the total of 17 other teams in the league. The Oilers also have five road wins, which is … terrible. And the fewest in the NHL.. (17-23-3)

Buffalo Sabres. 28. team. 12. <strong><a href=. (16-22-4). Previous: 18th

116. Don’t panic, Blackhawks fans. <strong><a href=. (16-17-7). Previous: 21st. Toronto Maple Leafs. 27. team

112. I’d make a joke about the Flames waiting for the right moment to turn their season around, but if they win like two games they’ll be back in playoff contention. So …. (19-20-2). Previous: 14th. Calgary Flames. 26. team

team. 105. Seventy-eight goals through 41 games. That’s incredible.. (17-17-7). Previous: 29th. Anaheim Ducks. 25

107. Jets fans were disappointed <strong><a href=. (19-20-3). Previous: 26th. Winnipeg Jets. 24. team

23. team. 120. At one point last week, San Jose had six games in hand on St. Louis. Six. Yeah, we need to consider bye weeks in the NHL with balanced scheduling like that already in place.. (20-18-2). Previous: 24th. San Jose Sharks

I have nothing against the Senators personally, but I’m glad they started tumbling a bit. What an overrated team early on. There’s only room for so many teams that can score a ton but not defend, right Dallas?. (20-17-6). Previous: 10th. Ottawa Senators. 22. team. 91

104. How weak is the Pacific Division that its third-place team is on the first page of these power rankings? The Canucks did end Florida’s 12-game win streak, though.. (17-16-10). Previous: 15th. Vancouver Canucks. 21. team

Next: Nos. 20-11

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