Hawks make big leap in Power Rankings

October, 18, 2010
10/18/10
2:13
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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Once again there has been dramatic movement in ESPN.com’s NHL Power Rankings.

After a weekend sweep of games, and a 3-1 week overall, the Chicago Blackhawks moved from 22 to 8 in the rankings, but they weren’t the only team to make a major move up.

Last year’s No. 1 team for most of the season, the Washington Capitals, jumped from 14 to first because of improved defense in the early going. Also up from the teens are the Kings (now third) and the Predators (fourth). Nashville beat the Hawks in Chicago's only loss last week. Detroit remains at No. 2.

Last week all four Central division rivals of the Hawks were ranked ahead of them, but after the Hawks beat Columbus convincingly and the Blues lost consecutive road games, Chicago is now only behind the Predators and the Red Wings.

The schedule has been favorable for those two teams compared to the Hawks, who will play their seventh game of the season on Monday. That’s tops in the NHL. Still, the Hawks' jump from 22 to 8 marks the biggest improvement of the week. The Oilers, meanwhile, dropped from 6 to 30.

Jesse Rogers | email

Chicago Cubs beat reporter
Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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