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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Hold Firm Despite Win Streak

By Gail Kauchak
Mar 4, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks players celebrate after the game-winning goal by defenseman Brian Campbell (51) during the third period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Blackhawks won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks players celebrate after the game-winning goal by defenseman Brian Campbell (51) during the third period against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Blackhawks won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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No. 16 Toronto Maple Leafs

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Record: 28-22-14 (70 points)

If the Maple Leafs can’t stave off seemingly every team in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference for the second wild card, they might be able to point to bad luck as the reason. No, seriously. Toronto is 1-8 in the shootout this season, which is half skill, half luck. Imagine if they were 5-4 instead of 1-8 — that’s 14 points instead of 10. Could be critical.

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