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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Will Need More Depth

By Aaron Goldschmidt
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NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning
NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning /

23. Ever since the Lightning played the Blackhawks in the 2015 Stanley Cup, I thought they would be the top team in the East for years to come. They had everything and could win hard playoff games on the road. But the long term injuries to superstar Steven Stamkos have put immense pressure on their 2nd tier talent. Nikita Kucherov is proving again this year that he is a top player in the league with 41 points in 38 games. Victor Hedman is making a strong push for a Norris Trophy and youngster Jonathan Drouin is finding his scoring touch. Question for Tampa will be their goaltending which has been middle of the road this year.. . Previous: 17th. Tampa Bay Lightning. 21. team

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