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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Matching Expectations

By Colin Likas
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 28: Alex DeBrincat
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Expectation bar: Matched

It feels weird to say this team has matched expectations. I’m sure it has exceeded them in some respects. But just looking at this roster, you knew if Steve Stamkos stayed healthy and Andrei Vasilevskiy proved capable of replacing Ben Bishop, things were going to click. Both of those have happened, and the Bolts are cruising along.

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