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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks In Top 20 Amid Bye Week

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CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 14: Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battles for position in front of Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) during the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings on January 14, 2018 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 14: Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) battles for position in front of Detroit Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek (34) during the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings on January 14, 2018 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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26. Montreal Canadiens

Previous: No. 26

Montreal got a point against Boston in its first game back from their winter break, but the Habs will need to really start a run of wins if they have any hope of seeing the postseason this season. Best wishes to former-Blackhawk Phillip Danault as well after he took a Zdeno Chara shot to the head Saturday and had to leave the game on a stretcher.

25. Florida Panthers

Previous: No. 24

Another rough year for the Panthers, who have shown some flashes of being a strong team, and yet many other flashes of being far from competitive. The Panthers have 42 points in 43 games and sit nine points out of a wild-card spot.

24. Detroit Red Wings

Previous: No. 25

Detroit is only averaging 2.7 goals for a game this season, which is not enough to win in today’s NHL. All the more reason so many Blackhawks fans were upset with the 4-0 loss at the hands of the Red Wings on Sunday.

23. Carolina Hurricanes

Previous: No. 22

The Hurricanes have lost four out of their last five, putting a major damper on their playoff hopes. They have been inconsistent all around the ice this season, including former-Blackhawk Scott Darling, who has an .896 save percentage this season.

22. New York Islanders

Previous: No. 23

Prior to losing last night, the Islanders had won their last two games after having lost five straight before that. With 11 goals in the last two games, they have been playing decent hockey, but they need to stay consistent if they want to see the postseason

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