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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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DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Green
DETROIT, MI – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Green /

18. Detroit Red Wings

Previous: No. 16

Expectation bar: Above

If you would’ve picked the Wings to finish second-to-last or last in the East this season, I would’ve found that fair. Yet the Wings find themselves in third in the Atlantic by the power of average play in a mediocre division. The goaltender situation with Jimmy Howard and Petr Mrazek is an obvious mess, though, and I wouldn’t expect this run to continue forever.

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