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NHL Power Rankings See Chicago Blackhawks Fighting Toward Top 15

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OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 9: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on January 9, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 9: Members of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrate their win against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on January 9, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images) /
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4. Washington Capitals

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The Capitals have won their last four games and have a four-point lead over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Metropolitan Division.  Alex Ovechkin, with six goals in his last 11 games, now is tied for the league-lead with 27 goals with Tampa Bay Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov. John Carlson is continuing his pace to have a career year for points.  He currently has 34 points (5G, 29A) in 43 games.

3. Winnipeg Jets

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Winnipeg continues to keep winning.  The Jets are 6-0-1 in their last seven games.  Blake Wheeler is leading the way for the Jets with a seven-game scoring streak (11 points).

He already has 52 points on the season (14G, 38A), and is on pace for a career year. Connor Hellebuyck is continuing his career year.

He’s currently 7-0-2 in his last nine games, with a 1.89 goals-allowed average, .940 save percentage and two shutouts.  Paul Maurice has his team playing great hockey right now.

2. Tampa Bay Lightning

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The Lightning still lead the league in points with 65.  Nikita Kucherov still leads the league in points (60 points, 27G, 33A).  Victor Hedman, in 42 games, is a plus-24.  Almost everything is going right for the Lightning right now. The one downside for the Lightning is that Dan Girardi left Sunday’s game with a neck injury caused by taking a puck up high. He was scratched from Tuesday’s game against Carolina.

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