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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Will Need More Depth

By Aaron Goldschmidt
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NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Minnesota Wild
NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Minnesota Wild /

team. 98. Defense wins championships right? Well, the Minnesota Wild have just that and more. With a goal differential of +46, the Wild are scoring on other teams without letting them score back. They are 8-1-1 in their last ten games and seem to grind out wins from the best teams in the league. The addition of former Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal has put the Wild in a position to take the next step. Staal leads the team with 39 points and leads by example for all the young players on the team. The Wild however are coached by Bruce Boudreau who is infamous for great regular season teams and subpar playoff performances. Whether they can get past their central division foes is to be seen.. . Previous: 6th. Minnesota Wild. 2

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