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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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1. Washington Capitals

Previous: No. 2

Record: 42-13-7 (91 points)

The Washington Capitals look to win the President’s Trophy yet again. But that’s not what they’re really after. Monday evening, the Caps traded for Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk in exchange for a first-round pick, a conditional second and two players. The Caps and the Wild are looking to get past the first couple rounds and compete for the Cup. I have to say, if the Wild and Caps were both in the Cup Final, I may have to watch that series. Why? #BecauseItsTheCup

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