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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Jump Inside Top 20

By Colin Likas
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 18: Gustav Frosling
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 18: Gustav Frosling /
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4. Toronto Maple Leafs

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With six straight wins before last night’s surprising loss to Arizona, the Leafs have put themselves right back at the top of the league standings about a quarter through the season. We all know how potent an offense the Leafs have with their young dynamic players, so the real question still lies with Frederik Andersen.

He has not impressed so far with a low save percentage, but Andersen has shown in the past he can get hot and win games for a team. Chicago Blackhawks fans will remember the 2015 playoffs, when Andersen was almost unbeatable until the ‘Hawks started to figure out the Ducks and beat Andersen constantly in Games 4-7. 

If Andersen can find the game again that he has shown flashes of throughout the years, the Maple Leafs will be a major threat.

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