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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. 9: New York Rangers

Previous: No. 6

Record:  31-17-1 (63 points)

Good news for the Rangers!  They are expecting Marc Staal and Jesper Fast to be back in the lineup when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight.  Staal has been out nine games, and Fast has missed the last four games, both with upper-body injuries.  The Rangers currently occupy a wild card spot, but they are only two points behind third place Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division.  I’m sure they’ll be pushing to surpass them.

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