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. 23: Dallas Stars

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Record:  20-20-10 (50 points)

As I mentioned above, the Stars sit just above the Jets in the Western Conference wildcard standings.  Both teams have 50 points, but Dallas has played in two less games.  After making a deep playoff run last season, this year they might not even make the playoffs.

In a perfect world, the Hawks would acquire Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya back at the trade deadline.  After all, that’s just what they need, a left wing and a fourth defenseman.  A girl can dream, can’t she?

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