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Monday, January 17, 2011
Hawks stuck at 10 in Power Rankings

By Jesse Rogers

A four-goal, third-period explosion the night before ESPN.com’s Power Rankings were released couldn’t help move the Chicago Blackhawks from their No. 10 perch.

They remain in the same position they were a week ago and maybe losing a third period lead the night before their dramatic victory kept the Hawks from moving up.

The team the Hawks earned three out of four points against this past weekend, Nashville, also didn’t move in the rankings, appearing just ahead of them at No. 9.

There wasn’t a lot of movement overall, including within the five Central Division teams. Detroit dropped from No. 2 to No. 3, not bad considering their injury problems. The St. Louis Blues remained at No. 19 while the Columbus Blue Jackets dropped three spots from No. 23 to No. 26.

The biggest movement in this week’s rankings came from the Tampa Bay Lightning, who dropped from No. 4 to No. 12. Taking its place at No. 4 is Dallas, which continues to roll.

Before next week’s rankings are released the Hawks will have taken on the No. 1 and No. 3 teams in back-to-back fashion. On Saturday, the Hawks are in Detroit and the No. 1 ranked Philadelphia Flyers come to Chicago in a Stanley Cup rematch on national television Sunday.