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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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Mar 2, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) makes a save during the first period against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 6: New York Rangers

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Record: 42-22-2 (86 points)

The Rangers have 86 points, yet they’re still in a wild card slot. That’ll happen when you’re a member of the stacked Metropolitan Division, which also includes Pittsburgh, Columbus and Washington. After Saturday’s defeat to the Canadiens, it was the Rangers’ third loss in the last four games. But they managed a shutout and a win against Tampa Bay on Monday. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist is calling for the Rangers to play with more desperation in their game. They sit only two points behind Columbus and Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division.

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