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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Matching Expectations

By Colin Likas
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NEWARK, NJ – NOVEMBER 27: New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) and New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) during the first period of the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the Florida Panthers on November 27, 2017, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ – NOVEMBER 27: New Jersey Devils center Nico Hischier (13) and New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) during the first period of the National Hockey League game between the New Jersey Devils and the Florida Panthers on November 27, 2017, at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

8. New Jersey Devils

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Just Tuesday did the Devils get bumped out of the Metropolitan’s top spot. The last-place team in the East in 2016-17 is just soaring with its mix of incoming young talent and veteran stability. I really don’t know that it can last, but it’s definitely one of the better stories in the league right now.

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