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NHL Power Rankings See Chicago Blackhawks Fighting Toward Top 15

By Randy Holndoner
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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ST. PAUL, MN – JANUARY 09: Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) looks on during the Western Conference game between the Calgary Flames and the Minnesota Wild on January 9, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Flames defeated the Wild 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, MN – JANUARY 09: Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau (13) looks on during the Western Conference game between the Calgary Flames and the Minnesota Wild on January 9, 2018 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Flames defeated the Wild 3-2 in overtime. (Photo by David Berding/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /

16. Calgary Flames

Previous: No. 21

Johnny Gaudreau assisted on all three of the Flames’ goals in the win over the Wild. More importantly for Calgary, the last strike came from Dougie Hamilton on the blue line. The Flames need more of that from a defense that was supposed to be very dangerous both ways.

15. San Jose Sharks

Previous: No. 13

The Sharks have not played their best hockey lately, going 1-2-2 in their last five games.  Brent Burns has been good over his last 10 games with 12 points (3G, 9A).  But in that time, he also held a plus/minus rating of minus-9. Martin Jones and Aaron Dell have not been stellar of late with a 4-3-3 record, 2.91 goals-allowed average and a .903 save percentage.

14. Colorado Avalanche

Previous: No. 22

The Avalanche have been scoring goals in hordes lately.  Over their last five games, they are averaging 4.4 goals a game.  Nathan MacKinnon has been on fire with 17 points (5G, 12A), and Mikko Rantanen has 15 points (6G, 9A) in their last 10 games. It hasn’t been just the scoring that has been good for the ‘Avs.  Their goaltending tandem of Semyon Varlamov and Jonathan Bernier has combined for 7-2-1 record, 2.09 goals-allowed average and .930 save percentage in the last 10 games.

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