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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Stay In Top 5

By Gregory Bradshaw
Dec 29, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg (10)celebrates his goal with teammates after he scores against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Columbus Blue Jackets center Alexander Wennberg (10)celebrates his goal with teammates after he scores against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 17, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) is congratulated by right wing Patrick Kane (88) after scoring a empty net goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) is congratulated by right wing Patrick Kane (88) after scoring a empty net goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period at Scottrade Center. The Blackhawks won 6-4. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 5: Chicago Blackhawks

Previous: 4th

Record: 23-12-5

While the ‘Hawks have faced their fair share of injuries and offensive struggles, the team still remains in first place in the Central Division with the Wild on their tail. The 2-year extension of Artemi Panarin has proved to be the best news of the season for this team so far. Once the offense can get going from Patrick Kane and Co., watch out!

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