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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. 26: Buffalo Sabres

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Record:  20-19-9 (49 points)

Buffalo is one of those Eastern Conference teams still hanging around the playoff race by virtue of not losing enough yet. The team needs to get a little luckier, as its last four losses have all been by a goal — with three of those coming in overtime.

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