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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Stand Pat With Surging Metro Teams

By Juliana Nikac
Mar 4, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) celebrates with right wing Patrick Kane (88) after a win 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 goalie Corey Crawford (50) celebrates with right wing Patrick Kane (88) after a win against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The Blackhawks won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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This week’s NHL power rankings have a new No. 1, but the Chicago Blackhawks stay put in their spot

It’s weird to have a new No. 1 in this week’s NHL power rankings with a team that we’re not used to seeing up at the top spot. However, it’s not the Chicago Blackhawks, as they have held firm with their spot in the rankings.

The top six teams in the National Hockey League are Washington, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Minnesota, Chicago and the New York Rangers. Four out of those six teams are in the Metropolitan Division. The other two are in the Central Division. There’s only five points separating the sixth-place team from the first-place team in the overall standings.

For a long time, it looked like the Capitals would be the clear winners for the President’s Trophy for the second year in a row. But now that they’ve lost their last four games, everyone is catching up to them. This season is bound to have an exciting finish.

Let’s get to this week’s NHL power rankings, courtesy of Blackhawk Up’s Juliana Nikac and Colin Likas.

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