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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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7. San Jose Sharks

Previous: No. 7

Record: 37-18-7 (81 points)

Brent Burns and the Sharks returned most of their roster and will be pushing for another Stanley Cup Final appearance. Burns will probably unanimously win the Norris Trophy and have a shot at winning the Hart as well. He’s already matched his goals total for last year and leads the team with 66 points. It’s hard to imagine the Sharks not getting back to at least the Western Conference finals, but it seems like a toss-up in the Pacific.

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