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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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13. Columbus Blue Jackets

Previous: No. 14

The Blue Jackets have gotten points in six of their last eight games (3-2-3).  They haven’t played their best, but continue to get points to keep pace in the Metropolitan Division.  They remain just four points behind the Washington Capitals. The Blue Jackets are still waiting for Artemi Panarin to heat up.  He has just 11 goals on the season and four in his last 17 games.

12. New York Rangers

Previous: No.10

The Rangers have gone on a nice run while getting points in eight of 11 games (6-3-2).  Scoring through that stretch has actually been a problem.  There isn’t anyone who has more than five points in their last 10 games. Henrik Lundqvist and Ondrej Pavalec have been the brick walls for the Rangers.  In their last 10 games, they are 5-3-2 with a 1.90 goals-against average and an amazing .948 save percentage.

11. Toronto Maple Leafs

Previous: No. 12

Auston Matthews has been playing well and providing the offense for the Maple Leafs of late.  In his last eight games, he has six goals.  Patrick Marleau, although pointless in his last four games, has 15 goals on the year.  The 38-year-old still knows how to light the lamp. The Maple Leafs will host the lowly Senators this week.

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