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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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OTTAWA, ON – DECEMBER 16: Ottawa Senators Defenceman Fredrik Claesson (33) skates with the puck at warm up before the Montreal Canadiens versus the Ottawa Senators NHL100 Classic game on December 16, 2017, at TD Place at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, ON (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON – DECEMBER 16: Ottawa Senators Defenceman Fredrik Claesson (33) skates with the puck at warm up before the Montreal Canadiens versus the Ottawa Senators NHL100 Classic game on December 16, 2017, at TD Place at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, ON (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

28. Ottawa Senators

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The Sens are in a pretty tough bind this year.  Their star defenseman Erik Karlsson has said publicly that he plans on hitting the free agency market in 2019 and will demand a hefty price tag.  Just one year removed from being in the Eastern Conference finals, the Sens have taken a step back and look like they will be sellers at this trade deadline.  It’s also pretty obvious that Nashville won the trade that sent Kyle Turris to the Predators and Matt Duchene to Ottawa.  Turris has 17 points in 17 games, while Duchene has just five.

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