NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Fall Out Of Top Spot

By Gregory Bradshaw
Mar 19, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with teammates after his goal during the third period of the game against the Colorado Avalanche at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 19, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with teammates after his goal during the third period of the game against the Colorado Avalanche at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 21, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) skates against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period at Amalie Arena. Arizona Coyotes defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 21, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman (77) skates against the Arizona Coyotes during the third period at Amalie Arena. Arizona Coyotes defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

18. Tampa Bay Lightning

Previous: No. 18

Record: 37-29-9 (83 points)

It’s pretty remarkable that in spite of the injury bug having its way with the Lightning, Tampa Bay continues to its pursuit of defying the odds. Nikita Kucherov continues to put his name all over the headlines as the young Russian forward is having quite the season. With 38 goals and 42 assists, Kucherov has been the most dependable asset to Tampa’s game. Although the Lightning currently sit outside of the playoff picture, Boston’s recent struggles make the possibilities endless.

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