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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Matching Expectations

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NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 28: Alex DeBrincat
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 28: Alex DeBrincat /
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This week’s edition of the NHL power rankings takes a look at which teams are exceeding expectations, which are right in the middle and which are failing

Expectations can be a trick thing in professional sports. Fans can have a different view from players, who can have a different view from coaches, who can have a different view from the front office, and so on. Thus, we arrive at the 2017-18 Chicago Blackhawks,

Their expectations are uncertain, really. Fans expect the Blackhawks to be a playoff team, and certainly the team itself expects that as well. But did some anticipate them contending for a wild card while others thought they’d shoot for a division title? Did some think they might not make the postseason at all?

It’s a fair question, and one that can be delivered to all 31 NHL teams. That’s what we’re going to use today’s NHL power rankings to explore.

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