Power Rankings: Hawks up three spots

A three-win week has moved the Chicago Blackhawks up three spots to No.7 in this week’s ESPN.com Power Rankings.

As much as the wins themselves helped the Hawks in the rankings and conference standings it’s how they’re winning that’s most impressive.

A comeback victory at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs was nice, but back-to-back 2-1 road wins against playoff caliber opponents -- the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings -- was the icing on the cake of a good week.

And to think the Hawks are learning to win without Jonathan Toews. They were 1-3 without him in the lineup after two bad road losses to the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings recently. But since then they’ve won three in a row while Patrick Kane is proving he can at least fill Toews shoes as the top line center for a short time.

The Hawks are all of a sudden just one spot behind the Nashville Predators in the Power Rankings and have a chance at another big week with the playoff contending St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers and Kings on tap.