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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: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins
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No. 3: Pittsburgh Penguins

Previous: 4th

Season record: 33-13-5 (71 points)

Riding a three-game win streak, the Penguins have amassed an astonishing 22-3-2 record on home ice, and will hardly miss top-line winger Connor Sheary, who is out 4-6 weeks. The big mystery is what will happen to underperforming Marc-Andre Fleury as the trade deadline approaches.

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