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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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Feb 24, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho (20) passes the puck against the Ottawa Senators at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 24, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho (20) passes the puck against the Ottawa Senators at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Ottawa Senators 3-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 22: Carolina Hurricanes

Previous: No. 26

Record: 28-27-11 (67 points)

There are so many bright spots with this Carolina team. It’s unfortunate they couldn’t piece the entire thing together this season. Bryan Bickell is making a comeback after his Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis, currently playing for the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL. The only situation they need to really focus on fixing is goaltending, because Cam Ward is not going to cut it.

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