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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Mar 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is congratulated by defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (28) after defeating the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Montreal won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2017; New York, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is congratulated by defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (28) after defeating the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Montreal won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 8: Montreal Canadiens

Previous: No. 8

Record: 37-21-8 (82 points)

Since the beginning of the season, the Canadiens have had a pretty solid hold on first place in the Atlantic Division. They’ve lost some ground recently due to good play by other teams, but they still hold a fourpoint lead on Ottawa. On the Habs’ side, they’ve knocked out five wins in a row. Newcomers Jordie Benn, Steve Ott and Andreas Martinsen made contributions in a big win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night. Now they just need to hone their craft and cruise into the playoffs.

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