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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: Ottawa Senators at Florida Panthers
NHL: Ottawa Senators at Florida Panthers /

No. 20: Florida Panthers

Previous: 20th

Season record: 23-19-10 (56 points)

With Jonathan Huberdeau producing the game-winning goal in his first game back in the lineup this season, the Panthers beat the Ducks 2-1 Saturday night to stay in the hunt for an Eastern Conference wild card slot.

Center Aleksander Barkov also returned from a five-week absence, but things don’t get any easier for the Panthers, who now square off against Western contenders in eight straight games.

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