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. 2: Minnesota Wild

Previous: No. 4

Record:  32-11-5 (69 points)

Minnesota just can’t seem to lose these days.  They have a nice cushion over the second place Chicago Blackhawks in the Central Division, who have four less points.  Minnesota also has three games in hand.  They’ve won nine games in January, and only lost three.  But the question remains, can they keep it up?  The Wild next heads out west for a four-game road trip, before they come home for eight games in a row!  They have a very busy February schedule, including two back-to-backs.

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