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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Nov 8, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 8, 2016; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing PA Parenteau (11) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 28: New Jersey Devils

Previous: No. 20

Record:  20-21-9 (49 points)

The Devils had a rough week last week.  They took on some stiff competition in the LA Kings, and the Washington Capitals.  They lost both tilts, and this dropped them quite a bit in the standings.  Four teams in the Eastern Conference all have an identical 49 points, including the Devils’ opponent tonight, the Detroit Red Wings.  If New Jersey can string together a few wins, they could boost their spot in the standings.

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