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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Climb Amid Trade Deadline

By Sean Fitzgerald
Feb 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (center) celebrates scoring a goal with right wing Patrick Kane (left) and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (right) ) during the third period against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Chicago won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov (center) celebrates scoring a goal with right wing Patrick Kane (left) and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk (right) ) during the third period against the St. Louis Blues at the United Center. Chicago won 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /
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13. Edmonton Oilers

Previous: No. 8

Record: 34-22-8 (76 points)

In just his second season in the NHL, Connor McDavid currently leads the league in points with 72. There is no doubt Edmonton is a playoff team this year, the question will be how far can it go. Many have picked the Oilers to get knocked off by a more experienced Pacific Division team, only to return next year for revenge. But going 6-4-0 in their last 10 games, Edmonton needs to find another gear so it can go into the playoffs hot.

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