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NHL Preseason Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Crack Top 10

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BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 25: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Alex DeBrincat (12) moves the puck as Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) closes in during a preseason game between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks on September 25, 2017, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 25: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Alex DeBrincat (12) moves the puck as Boston Bruins right wing David Pastrnak (88) closes in during a preseason game between the Boston Bruins and the Chicago Blackhawks on September 25, 2017, at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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31. Colorado Avalanche

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I’m among a probably-small group that believes the Avalanche could finish the 2017-18 season worse off than the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. Although the Avs are inexplicably leading the Central Division so far this preseason, the group is still being dragged down by not trading Matt Duchene yet. The Avs will need Semyon Varlamov (.951/1.29) and Jonathan Bernier (.940/1.84) to do all regular season what they’ve done this preseason in order to actually contend.

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