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NHL Power Rankings: Central Teams Continue To Rise

By Sean Fitzgerald
Jan 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) skates to the bench during a timeout against the Vancouver Canucks in the second period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 14, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) skates to the bench during a timeout against the Vancouver Canucks in the second period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /
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In this week’s NHL power rankings, the Chicago Blackhawks continued their surge to the top of the Central Division, Pacific Division All-Star Game captain John Scott was traded to Montreal, Jonathan Drouin was being shopped and several trades occurred involving waived players. What does it mean for the rankings? Let’s find out.

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Jan 16, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier (45) during a break in the game in the second period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

116. The Maple Leafs have lost five in a row and have yet to start selling. This could get ugly in Toronto.. (16-20-7). Previous: 27th. Toronto Maple Leafs. 30. team

The Blue Jackets hope <strong><a href=. (17-25-4). Previous: 30th. Columbus Blue Jackets. 29. team. 113

Edmonton Oilers. 28. team. 148. The Oilers locked up <strong><a href=. (18-23-5). Previous: 29th

27. team. 12. The Sabres need to build on their success. They defeated the league-leading Capitals 4-1 two nights ago.. (18-23-4). Previous: 28th. Buffalo Sabres

26. team. 112. The Flames are five points out of a playoff spot in the bad Pacific Division.. (20-20-3). Previous: 27th. Calgary Flames

Previous: 24th. Winnipeg Jets. 25. team. 107. The Jets are likely to re-sign <strong><a href=. (21-21-3)

The Ducks made a trade this past week. They traded <strong><a href=. (19-18-7). Previous: 25th. Anaheim Ducks. 24. team. 105

(21-16-7). Previous: 16th. Pittsburgh Penguins. 23. team. 92. The Penguins acquired <strong><a href=

(20-15-8). Previous: 18th. Philadelphia Flyers. 22. team. 68. Flyers Coach Dave Hakstol is getting the most out of his roster. <strong><a href=

(22-21-3). Previous: 17th. Colorado Avalanche. 21. team. 103. Colorado needs to beat the teams it is supposed to beat. The Avs cannot lose to Columbus.

Next: Nos. 20-11

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