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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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No. 1: Pittsburgh Penguins

Previous: No. 5

Record: 43-16-9 (95 points)

A little weird to crown a new No. 1 the day after that team suffered a loss, but the defending champs are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games. Conor Sheary has six points in the last four games, while Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel each have five points and a plus-4 rating in that timeframe. It’s necessary to get hot now in the cutthroat Metropolitan.

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