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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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Jan 20, 2017; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) skates against the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 11: Nashville Predators

Previous: No. 20

Record: 23-17-7 (53 points)

What a difference getting your star defenseman back, going on a 7-3-0 run and winning three straight makes. P.K. Subban’s return seems to have been a nice pick-me-up for the Preds, who most recently knocked off red-hot Minnesota 4-2 with three third-period goals. They’re still 12 points back of Chicago and Minnesota (with two games in hand on the Blackhawks), but if this team can stay healthy, there’s a chance they can keep surging.

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