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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Will Need More Depth

By Aaron Goldschmidt
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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars
NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Dallas Stars /

25. team. 72. Could this be first year since 1989 that the Detroit Red Wings miss the playoffs? It’s possible. Sitting in 7th place in a tough Atlantic Division, the Wings will need to be better than a .500 team to hang on to their playoff streak. However if they do go on some crazy winning streak as we’ve seen with a couple other teams this year, they are still not somebody I would want to see in the playoffs. It doesn’t really matter who puts that jersey on, something about that sweater makes them always competitive. If the Wings do fall out of contention, Thomas Vanek is a UFA next year and would bring back a decent return at the deadline. He makes a lot of sense for a team looking for a top line winger…. . Previous: 24th. Detroit Red Wings

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