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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: San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks
NHL: San Jose Sharks at Vancouver Canucks /

No. 5: San Jose Sharks

Previous: 6th

Season record: 33-17-3 (69 points)

With Tomas Hertl back in the lineup and immediately producing points, the Sharks are fully locked and loaded, winning nine straight games before a tough shootout loss Saturday night against Arizona.

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