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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Up Amid 5-Game Streak

By Colin Likas
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 17: Ryan Hartman
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19. Minnesota Wild

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The Wild have lost two straight and are sitting toward the bottom of the Central Division.  Veteran center Eric Staal is having another good season and is proving to be a great pickup for the Wild.  Although he’s only played 26 games, young prospect Joel Eriksson-Ek only has four points in the NHL.  He has been going back and forth between the Wild and their AHL affiliate, but the Wild are hoping his talent can translate to the NHL level soon.

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