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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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2. Minnesota Wild

Previous: No. 1

Record: 41-14-6 (88 points)

After trading for Martin Hanzal earlier this week, the Wild are going all in. With Hanzal, Mikko Koivu and Eric Staal, the Wild could be the deepest team at center in the league. The top two plus/minus players in the league both play defense for the Minnesota Wild and play on the same line. Ryan Suter and Jared Spurgeon are playing great and keeping the puck out of the net. This team is dangerous and is out to prove it is a contender.

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