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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 Buffalo Sabres
NHL: Ottawa Senators at Buffalo Sabres /

No. 11: Ottawa Senators

Previous: 11th

Season record: 27-17-6 (60 points)

The Senators have cruised along since November in second place of the Atlantic Division, powered by balanced scoring, stingy defense and now Mike Condon’s solid goaltending. But with the rest of the division gaining ground, Ottawa can ill-afford a mid-winter snooze.

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