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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: Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
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No. 6: Chicago Blackhawks

Previous: 7th

Season record: 32-17-5 (69 points)

Chicago’s rookies are starting to make an impact, and the team has found more balanced scoring in winning its last two games. But recently, the ‘Hawks have been bitten by squandering third-period leads, and are still searching for the consistency of a championship team.

Chicago has a big opportunity to gain ground on the Minnesota Wild when the teams square off in St. Paul on Wednesday night.

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