Chicago Blackhawks: Power Rankings

NHL Power RankingsESPN.com IllustrationThe Blackhawks bounced back in strong fashion after two losses ended their record streak.
The Chicago Blackhawks remained atop ESPN's NHL Power Rankings for a sixth consecutive week on Monday.

The Blackhawks bounced back from their first two regulation losses with two consecutive road wins, including an 8-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Saturday. The Blackhawks will close out their four-game road trip against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday and the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.

Wednesday's matchup will feature the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in ESPN's power rankings. The Ducks, who are ranked second, are five points behind the Blackhawks in the Western Conference with a 20-3-4 record and 44 points. The Blackhawks lead the conference with a 23-3-2 record and 49 points. The Ducks defeated the Blackhawks 3-2 in a shootout in their lone meeting this season on Feb. 12.

Power Rankings: How did Hawks fall?

December, 12, 2011
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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CHICAGO -- The Chicago Blackhawks wouldn't be wrong to scratch their heads over ESPN.com's latest Power Rankings, which has them at No. 8. That's two spots lower than a week ago.

After a 2-0-1 week, they probably should have jumped into the top 5 but now are closer to dropping out of the top 10. Two rivals, Vancouver (No. 6) and St. Louis (No. 7) passed the Hawks with a good seven days of their own but it wasn't that long ago (Dec. 3) Chicago took down the Blues in St. Louis in pretty convincing fashion.

And the Canucks are just starting to find their stride, so it's surprising they would get such a lofty standing.

Not that the Hawks have been perfect or anything -- they've gone to overtime in three of their last four games -- but earlier bad losses are becoming more of distant memory. Minnesota, Philadelphia, Detroit, New York Rangers and Boston arguably have a case to be in the Top 5, and ahead of the Hawks, but Chicago shouldn't be behind anyone else.

Power Rankings: Hawks make their move

November, 14, 2011
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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NHL Power RankingsESPN.com IllustrationThe Blackhawks have turned things around quicly to climb the Power Rankings.
CHICAGO -- And Just like that, the Chicago Blackhawks have taken over the No. 1 spot in ESPN.com's weekly Power Rankings.

After decent but inconsistent play for the first month, the Hawks climbed the ladder over the last week, moving up from a comfortable No. 6 ranking.

They surged to the top after three consecutive wins at the end of a grueling stretch of seven games in 11 days. That's impressive, and so is how they won the games.

No longer are the Hawks squeaking by with overtime/shootout victories or blowing leads only to come back and win. They are doing it the right way, with a diverse attack.

In each of the last three games they've jumped out to leads and either held firm or extended them. In fact the last three wins have each been by three goals. That's how you take over the No.1 spot and impress the rest of the hockey world. Getting points is one thing but dominating play turns heads, and the Hawks have been doing just that.

What's remarkable is the quickness of the turnaround. In losing three in a row just before winning three, the Hawks struggled in almost every phase of the game but that changed almost overnight. Line combinations were jumbled as was the personnel on the power play and things began to click. And the defense seemingly had an epiphany remembering they can contribute on offense. It's transformed the Hawks, but the hold on the No. 1 spot is a precarious one.

Other teams near the top -- like Pittsburgh (2) and Dallas (4) -- have probably been more consistent from the start of the season until now, but the rankings are based on the previous week and the Hawks dominated the final four days to take over at the top.

Hawks take a drop in Power Rankings

December, 20, 2010
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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The Chicago Blackhawks continue to sit mid-pack in ESPN.com's weekly power rankings. Down two spots from a week ago they check in at No. 13.

Despite recovering to win the final two games over the weekend, it wasn't enough to help the Hawks in the rankings as back-to-back losses to the Colorado Avalanche cost them.

The Hawks have won two in a row but need a run to shoot up the rankings. Still near the league lead in games played, when the rest of the competition catches up, it could have the Hawks a long way from the playoff picture.

This week's hot team in the Central Division is the Nashville Predators. Streaky all season, the Predators moved up from No. 14 to No. 7. Nashville is 8-1-1 over their last 10 games and visits the United Center on Wednesday.

The top five in the rankings are littered with rivals of the Blackhawks, including the Detroit Red Wings who dropped from the top spot. The Wings lost to the Hawks on Friday and then lost in overtime to Dallas on Sunday, dropping to No. 4.

Checking in as the new No.1 is last year's other Stanley Cup finalist, the Philadelphia Flyers. They've lost Chris Pronger to injury but sport a 22-7-5 record showing no signs of a "hangover." Coming off a 12-game winning streak, Pittsburgh is No. 2 while the Vancouver Canucks continue consistent play, coming in at No. 3. The surprising Dallas Stars round out the top 5.

As for the rest of the Central Division, the wheels have come off for the Blues and Blue Jackets after fast starts. They check in at Nos. 20 and 22, respectively.

Blackhawks inching way back to the top

November, 29, 2010
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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NHL Power RankingsESPN.com IllustrationThe Blackhawks are reaping the rewards of their 4-2 circus trip.
ESPN.com's weekly power rankings have the Chicago Blackhawks back near the top.

The Hawks check in at No.4, their highest since opening week. And it's a 10-spot improvement from seven days ago.

Winning four of six on a Western Canada/Southern California trip isn't easy, but the Hawks proved the road isn't a major obstacle for them to overcome.

The Central Division has been on a roll in previous rankings, but this week only Chicago and Detroit are in the top nine.

The Hawks remain behind the Wings, who once again check in at No.1. They took Columbus down a notch by sweeping the Blue Jackets over the weekend. It dropped the previously surging Jackets to No. 10.

The Hawks' own surge moved them past St. Louis Blues, who dropped considerably again, from No. 11 to No. 17. Nashville also was on the move, down from No. 13 to No. 21.

The other team making a big move was Pittsburgh. The Penguins won six in a row to jump from No. 12 to No. 5. The Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers are ranked second and third, respectively.

Despite snapping a 14-game winless streak, the New York Islanders remain safely entrenched at No. 30 to bring up the rear of the rankings.

Hawks running low on power in rankings

November, 8, 2010
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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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.

Power? Blackhawks' ranking sinks

October, 11, 2010
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
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ESPN.com's weekly Power Rankings are out, and if you thought the Chicago Blackhawks' initial ranking of No. 4 was too low, then you won't be happy with this week's slot.

The Hawks are No. 22.

To add insult to injury, the Detroit Red Wings -- who the Hawks lost to in their home opener on Saturday -- sit atop the rankings. In fact, the Wings are the only Central Division team in the Top 10.

It's hard to imagine the Hawks behind the Predators, Blues and Blue Jackets -- but they are. The only consolation is they are the highest ranked two-loss team. For example, the star-laden Pittsburgh Penguins are 0-2 and ranked No. 27.

At this time of year, the rankings can fluctuate immensely from one week to another. The Hurricanes, Stars and Maple Leafs are ranked Nos. 2, 3 and 4 this week after starting the year Nos. 14, 20 and 23.

Safe to say the Hawks and Penguins wont languish in the bottom third of the league for very long.

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