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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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1. Pittsburgh Penguins

Previous: No. 1

Until further notice, the reigning two-time Cup champs hold the top spot in these NHL power rankings. They inexplicably added Ryan Reaves, and two straight title runs will take their toll physically. But you can’t deny this team has the pieces in place to make another run at it. Two questions: Will Matt Murray fall into the bona fide No. 1 goaltender role, and will Kris Letang be able to stay bandaged together for another season.

Next: Toews, Anisimov, DeBrincat Lead ’Hawks To Detroit

That’s it for this edition of the preseason NHL power rankings. Be sure to check back throughout the regular season as we compile this list again and again.

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