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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Still Trail Canadiens

By Aaron Goldschmidt
Nov 12, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Micheal Ferland (79) celebrates his goal with teammates against the New York Rangers during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2016; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Calgary Flames left wing Micheal Ferland (79) celebrates his goal with teammates against the New York Rangers during the third period at Scotiabank Saddledome. New York Rangers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 29, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) skates on the ice after being named the first star of the game for shutting out the Los Angeles Kings at Scottrade Center. The Blues won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) skates on the ice after being named the first star of the game for shutting out the Los Angeles Kings at Scottrade Center. The Blues won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /

16. team. 99. We all knew St. Louis were going to take a step back, but I don’t think we thought it would be this far.  After the loss of captain David Backes and playoff hero Troy Brouwer, the Blues have underperformed in what looks to be the last year of Ken Hitchcock’s career behind the bench. Vladimir Tarasenko seems to be the only light at the end of the tunnel for the Blues. I think last year was their best chance at getting to the Stanley Cup, and we all know what happened then. I still don’t want to see them in the playoffs as a Blackhawks fan.. 7-6-3. Previous: 7th. St. Louis Blues

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