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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: Los Angeles Kings at Washington Capitals
NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Washington Capitals /

No. 1: Washington Capitals

Previous: 1st

Season record: 36-11-6 (78 points)

The Capitals have won three straight and are starting to pull away from the pack in the Eastern Conference. Washington has not lost at Verizon Center since December 29, outscoring opponents by a whopping 45-12 ledger during their nine-game win streak at home.

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