Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Same Two Teams On Top

By Gail Kauchak
Dec 12, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against Boston Bruins as defenseman Shea Weber (6) defends and right wing David Backes (42) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 12, 2016; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) makes a save against Boston Bruins as defenseman Shea Weber (6) defends and right wing David Backes (42) during the second period at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 1, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) celebrates with defenseman Duncan Keith (2) after scoring the game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils in overtime at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 1, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) celebrates with defenseman Duncan Keith (2) after scoring the game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils in overtime at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 4:  Chicago Blackhawks

Previous:  5th

Season Record:  18-8-4

Even while missing top players in Jonathan Toews, Corey Crawford, and Brent Seabrook, the Hawks are finding a way to get it done.  Marian Hossa scored his 15th goal of the season Sunday night, and back-up goaltender Scott Darling has really stepped up in net.  Combine this with the youngsters getting comfortable and starting to contribute as well, and you have a recipe for success.

The Hawks currently lead the Central Division with 38 points, and their stars all appear to be close to getting back on the ice soon.  This is a good thing, as they have a tough upcoming schedule ahead this week.

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