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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 4, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) passes the puck as Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto (15) defends in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 4, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) passes the puck as Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Michael Del Zotto (15) defends in the third period at Verizon Center. The Capitals won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 1: Washington Capitals

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Record: 44-14-7 (95 points)

What else can you say about these Washington Capitals? They’ve plowed through the regular season, and lead the second-place Blue Jackets by seven points in the Metropolitan Division. They slacked off a bit last night, giving up a game to the Dallas Stars, and also ended a 15-game winning streak in their own stadium. But let’s face it, one off game doesn’t erase the dominance the Caps have seen this season. The addition of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues makes this already potent team even more dangerous. They know their window for the Stanley Cup is closing, and they went all in. Is it finally the Capitals’ year? We shall see.

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