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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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7. Nashville Predators

Previous: No. 5

The Predators, 4-2-1 in their last seven games, are just three points behind Central Division-leading Winnipeg Jets.  Five of the last seven games, Nashville has not scored more than two goals. Filip Forsberg is still on injured reserve due to an upper-body injury.  He is due to return within the next couple of weeks.  Their scoring should go up when Forsberg returns.

6. St. Louis Blues

Previous: No. 9

The Blues have an interesting problem on their hands with their goalies.  Carter Hutton has had himself quite a year so far.  In 14 games, he is 8-3-1 with a 1.84 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage.  Jake Allen has been struggling of late, going 1-5. They are now four points behind the Jets after falling 7-4 to Florida on Tuesday, when Allen was pulled after allowing five goals on 23 shots.

5. Boston Bruins

Previous: No. 6

The Bruins continue to be one of the hottest teams in the NHL.  They have gone 8-0-2 in their last 10 games.  Patrice Bergeron, after having a four-goal game performance Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes, now has nine goals in his last 10 games. Tuukka Rask and Anton Khudobin have been phenomenal for the Bruins.  In the stretch of 10 games, they have gone 8-0-2 with a 1.80 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage.

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