Analysis

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 23, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz looks on from behind the bench against the Carolina Hurricanes in the first period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 1: Washington Capitals

Previous: No. 1

Record: 32-9-6 (70 points)

Is this really a Barry Trotz-led team? We saw so many boring units in Nashville when he was coach, you wouldn’t think it was possible he could lead an offensively explosive group. But in 10 of 12 games this month, the Caps have hit four or more goals, and they’ve won all but one of those (the 8-7 overtime thriller against Pittsburgh). Interestingly, the other two games came against the defensively-suspect Senators — but the Caps posted 2-1 and 1-0 wins in those games anyway.

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