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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Move Up As Races Tighten

By George Clifford
Feb 4, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) and right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrate Kane's game tying goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) and right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrate Kane's game tying goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Colorado Avalanche
NHL: Winnipeg Jets at Colorado Avalanche /

No. 21: Winnipeg Jets

Previous: 24th

Season record: 25-26-4 (54 points)

After Saturday’s disappointing loss to Colorado halted a three-game win streak, the Jets open a crucial four-game homestand against Minnesota tonight. Despite a porous defense and Connor Hellebuyck’s recent struggles in goal, the Jets have performed well against Central Division opponents so far (including a four-game sweep against Chicago), and have the offensive firepower to challenge for a playoff slot.

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