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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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Jan 17, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) looks for the puck during the second period of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Joe Louis Arena. The Flyers defeated the Red Wings 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports /

72. The Red Wings are looking to add a defenseman for the stretch run. Could they be the market for Byfuglien?. (23-14-8). Previous: 8th. Detroit Red Wings. 10. team

The Rangers win a game and then lose a game consistently. They are wasting one of <strong><a href=. (24-16-5). Previous: 9th. New York Rangers. 9. team. 95

team. 23. The Lightning appear close to trading <strong><a href=. (24-17-4). Previous: 14th. Tampa Bay Lightning. 8

The Islanders will not give away <strong><a rel=. . Previous: 10th. New York Islanders. 7. team. 106

6. team. 99. The Blues have to ride <strong><a rel=. (26-15-7). Previous: 6th. St. Louis Blues

(29-12-5). Previous: 2nd. Dallas Stars. 5. team. 119. The Stars have hit a rough patch. They are 3-5-2 in their last 10 and have lost their last three in a row. Are the Stars for real or were they a flash in the pan?  

team. 97. Florida is coming off its 12-game run with a thud and has lost its last two outings.. (26-14-5). Previous: 5th. Florida Panthers. 4

3. team. 67. The Kings finally re-signed key center <strong><a href=. (28-13-3). Previous: 3rd. Los Angeles Kings

Previous: 4th. Chicago Blackhawks. 2. team. 94. The Chicago Blackhawks have the NHL’s longest current winning streak at 11. They tied a franchise record Sunday with No. 11. Don’t look now, but <strong><a href=. (31-13-4)

19. Capitals goaltender <strong><a href=. (34-8-3). Previous: 1st. Washington Capitals. 1. team

What do you think about this week’s rankings? Let us know in the comments.

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