The Washington Capitals come in as the easy No. 1 but then things start to get interesting. The Hawks, presumably, have a tenuous hold on the 2 spot considering the weekend losses and the loss of defenseman Brian Campbell.
The surging Vancouver Canucks come in at No. 3 having finished off their long Olympic road trip in fine fashion. They’re 6-1-1 since the break ended. The Sharks dropped to fourth, their lowest ranking in quite a while.
While the Hawks were at least losing to playoff-caliber teams over the weekend, San Jose dropped games to Florida -- at home no less -- and Anaheim. The Sharks just embarked on a six-game road trip to boot.
The Blackhawks have a three-game trip this week starting Wednesday night in Anaheim.
The surprise team of the NHL, the Phoenix Coyotes, round out the top five. The Hawks will be in Glendale, Ariz., to take on the Coyotes on Saturday.