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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: Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators
NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators /

No. 12: Nashville Predators

Previous: 12th

Season record: 25-19-8 (58 points)

Going 6-2-2 in their past ten games, the Preds are finally rounding into the form everyone predicted they would show three months ago. Pekka Rinne can still produce a monster performance, but has struggled all year to find any consistency in net. Can Nashville catch the Blackhawks? Not likely.

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