It’s a ranking worthy of their spotty play at this time of year, especially compared to the other playoff hopefuls. Just look at the last ten games for evidence. The five teams directly ahead of them in the standings have all won seven of their last 10. The Hawks have won five. And no playoff team has lost four or more in regulation over that span, except for the Hawks.
The Nashville Predators, once behind the Hawks in the rankings, check in at No. 8 while the Detroit Red Wings are back in the top five after a short hiatus. The Boston Bruins, thanks in part to their win over the Hawks last week, made the biggest leap. They went from No. 10 to No. 4 while wrapping up the Northeast Division.
The rest of the top five looks like this: The Vancouver Canucks are taking home the President’s Trophy and get top billing. The San Jose Sharks have risen from the dead with a huge second-half run, giving them the No. 2 spot. The Washington Capitals are No. 3.
The Blackhawks have one more week to rise in the rankings as well as solidify their playoff position.