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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. 4: Pittsburgh Penguins

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Record:  30-13-5 (65 points)

The Pens’ Sidney Crosby was one of the stars during the All-Star weekend, but that didn’t stop him from attending Monday’s practice.  Perhaps this had something to do with the team dropping their last two contests before the break.  But they won their last four games before that.  The defending Stanley Cup Champions sit in third place in the strong Metropolitan Division, and they look to be contenders once again.

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