Monday, November 8, 2010
Hawks running low on power in rankings
By Jesse Rogers
It can't come as a surprise to anyone that the Chicago Blackhawks took a major drop in ESPN.com's weekly Power Rankings.
After another up and down week, the Hawks come in at No. 18. That's down from No. 9 a week ago as they continue a roller coaster ride on the ice, and in the weekly rankings.
After losing to the New York Rangers on Monday and a reeling New Jersey Devils team on Wednesday, the Hawks were able to squeak by Atlanta in a shootout on Saturday.
But then came another heartbreaker. Leading 1-0 in the third period to the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday, the Hawks gave up two goals in 14 seconds and suffered their sixth home loss in 10 games. Two have come at the hands of the Oilers, who only have four wins on the year.
In a very competitive division, the Hawks find themselves behind three other teams in the rankings. St. Louis has been on a tear, and for the second week in a row come in ranked No. 1. Detroit is No. 6 and the surprising Columbus Blue Jackets took a jump from No. 16 to No. 8.
The Hawks only saving grace is the Nashville Predators are slumping worse than they are. The Predators began the season 5-0-3 but have dropped five in a row in regulation and are ranked No. 21 this week.
Worse than the Hawks' ranking is their place in the standings. Having played the most games -- 17 -- in the division, they're looking at an uphill climb to repeat as Central Division champions.