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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks’ Win Streak Means Small Move

By Colin Likas
Jan 22, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at the United Center. The Hawks won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 22, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the third period at the United Center. The Hawks won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Western Conference’s top contenders, including the Chicago Blackhawks, are putting on a run in this week’s NHL power rankings

Throughout this season, the Eastern Conference has been dominating the standings and our NHL power rankings. And while that still might be the case today, some Western Conference contenders are making a push to be recognized as well.

If you look at the NHL standings prior to Tuesday’s action, the Atlantic Division’s top four teams all hold a win streak of two or more games. However, the West’s top six teams have three such streaks, and all six of those teams have seven wins in their last 10 games.

What does it all mean in this week’s NHL power rankings, specifically for the Chicago Blackhawks? Let’s find out by starting at the bottom.

Editor’s note: The New York Rangers were accidentally left out of last week’s rankings. For the purposes of these power rankings, they were retroactively slotted into the No. 7 spot for their “previous ranking.”

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