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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 28, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Kyle Okposo (21) and Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) look for the puck behind the net during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Kyle Okposo (21) and Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) look for the puck behind the net during the second period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 23: Buffalo Sabres

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Record: 28-29-12 (68 points)

The Sabres are getting better and better every season, but there’s still some issues they need to fix. Ryan O’Reilly, Jack Eichel and Kyle Okposo have been doing most of the scoring this season. Matt Moulson has had a better season than last, but there’s still some forwards who need to pick it up. The defense needs some tuning, and maybe Dan Bylsma needs to go. Who knows with them, at this point.

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