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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Barely Crack Top 20

By Matt Morrow
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 10: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks salute the crowd after a win over the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center on December 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 10: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks salute the crowd after a win over the Arizona Coyotes at the United Center on December 10, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 3-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Though the Lightning have games in hand, the Maple Leafs have almost caught up to them in the standings, which is quite impressive. They have been mentioned in trade rumors all season long, and with a little bit of LTIR money, they have the potential to make a move. This team is going to be around for a long time as constructed, and with the right trade, it could become even scarier.

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