Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Still Contending

By Gail Kauchak
Jan 22, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with his teammates during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 22, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with his teammates during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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No. 18: Los Angeles Kings

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Record:  24-21-4 (52 points)

LA is fighting for a wild card spot in the Western Conference.  The teams currently in the wild card slots are the St. Louis Blues and the Calgary Flames, who both only have 53 points.   But look out behind you; the Vancouver Canucks also have 52 points.  Playing subpar teams is helping LA’s cause.  They beat the New Jersey Devils and Carolina Hurricanes last week.  And they play the Arizona Coyotes and the Colorado Avalanche in their next two games.

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