Chicago Blackhawks: ESPN NHL Power Rankings
February, 11, 2013
By Scott Powers
ESPN.com IllustrationThe Chicago Blackhawks jumped one spot to No. 1 in this week's ESPN NHL Power Rankings after completing their six-game road trip with a 4-0-2 record.
Aside from the Blackhawks staying on top of the Western Conference's Central Division, there has been some movement in the division in the past week.
The St. Louis Blues have gone from hanging right with the Blackhawks with a 6-1-0 record to dropping their past four games, one coming in a shootout. The Blues are now 6-4-1 and are in fourth place in the division with 13 points.
As the Blues have faded, the Detroit Red Wings have gained some momentum. The Red Wings have bounced back from a two-game losing streak to win their past three games and have allowed four goals in the past three games. They have improved to 7-4-1 and rest in second place in the division with 15 points.
The Nashville Predators sit between the Blues and Red Wings with 14 points. The Predators have lost their past two games after winning their previous four games. They scored just once in losses to the Minnesota Wild and Blackhawks.
If the season ended today, the Central Division would fill four playoffs spots with the Blackhawks leading the Western Conference, Detroit in fifth, Nashville in sixth and St. Louis in seventh.