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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 26, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (34) looks on during the second period against the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 26, 2017; Sunrise, FL, USA; Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer (34) looks on during the second period against the Ottawa Senators at BB&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 21: Florida Panthers

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Record: 29-27-11 (69 points)

After what looked like a reassuring season with Jonathan Huberdeau coming back from injury, the Panthers have lost four straight games. They’re 2-7-1 in their last 10. Part of this may be the fact that Roberto Luongo is injured, but it may also be that nobody is scoring and the defense is subpar. There’s probably not a way for them to climb back into the playoff race, but you still never know in the NHL.

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