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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: Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks
NHL: Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks /

No. 2: Minnesota Wild

Previous: 2nd

Season record: 34-12-5

Scoring early and often, the Wild posses a deep barrage of firepower to complement their always tight-fisted defense. Mikael Granlund’s current 12-game point streak is just one of many franchise records to fall this year, while the fourth line has quietly become the NHL’s best.

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