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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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25. Buffalo Sabres

Previous: No. 23

Record: 27-27-12 (66 points)

The Sabres might be the biggest disappointment in the NHL this season. They were supposed to be a team on the rise with Jack Eichel and Ryan O’Reilly, among others, on the ice and Dan Bylsma behind the bench. Instead, Eichel got hurt and the team is just bad. Since Eichel returned, he has been an offensive machine. He has 42 points since returning from injury, good for 10th in the league during that time. In the offseason, the Sabres have to do something better for Eichel; they are wasting a great talent by not adding to the core of the team.

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