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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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5. Columbus Blue Jackets

Previous: No. 6th

Record: 39-16-6 (84 points)

Even after that long winning streak, the Blue Jackets are still winning a lot of games. I’ve been waiting for the day they eliminate the Pittsburgh Penguins in the postseason, and this might be the year. John Tortorella has this team playing the right way and most of his young players have bought in. With a heavy commitment to the defensive game, the Jackets are winning on pure talent and hard work. Sounds like the perfect recipe for playoff success.

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