Analysis

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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Feb 1, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save on a shot by Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during the third period at Verizon Center. Washington Capitals won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 1, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) makes a save on a shot by Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand (63) during the third period at Verizon Center. Washington Capitals won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 16: Boston Bruins

Previous: 14th

Season record: 26-23-6 (58 points)

Goalie Tuukka Rask owns 25 of Boston’s 26 wins but is starting to wilt under the burden of a six-month regular season. The Bruins may have to trade for a proven backup as the race for second and third place in the Atlantic Division tightens up. After a slow start, Patrice Bergeron has caught fire, combining with Brad Marchand for nine goals and eight assists over the past five games.

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