Analysis

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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Feb 25, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (38) celebrates with left wing Filip Forsberg (9) after a goal during the third period against the Washington Capitals at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 25, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Viktor Arvidsson (38) celebrates with left wing Filip Forsberg (9) after a goal during the third period against the Washington Capitals at Bridgestone Arena. The Predators won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 14: Nashville Predators

Previous: No. 9

Record: 32-24-9 (73 points)

Filip Forsberg and the Preds might have been on fire last week, but most recently they’ve dropped two games, including an important divisional tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night. These losses coincide with defenseman Ryan Ellis leaving last Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury. Hopefully for the Predators, he won’t be out of the lineup too long.  Nevertheless, the Preds’ spot at third place in the Central Division looks pretty secure.

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