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 4, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) three star player of the game celebrates with mascot Bernie following the win over the against the Winnipeg Jets at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Jets 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene (9) three star player of the game celebrates with mascot Bernie following the win over the against the Winnipeg Jets at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche defeated the Jets 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 30: Colorado Avalanche

Previous: 30th

Season record: 14-33-2 (30 points)

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov’s recent season-ending hip surgery signaled Colorado’s formal surrender this season, and the club looks to unload assets as the trade deadline approaches. But the Avalanche can still play the spoiler, as it did in Saturday’s win over the Jets to halt a nine-game skid.

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