Analysis

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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6. New York Rangers

Previous: No. 4

Record: 40-21-2 (82 points)

With 82 points, the Rangers seem to have the East’s first wild card spot locked in. The question will be if they can catch the Blue Jackets for the third spot in the Metropolitan Division. With the Lightning out of the playoff picture, the Rangers may have a shot at an upset against the Habs or Sens, especially if they’re playing the way they are now. The Rangers’ young scorers will be hard to contain come playoff time.

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