Power Rankings: Hawks drop three spots
March, 14, 2011
By Jesse Rogers
ESPN.com IllustrationThe Chicago Blackhawks just returned from a four-game road trip with one win, causing their Power Ranking to drop from No. 3 to No. 6 in ESPN.com’s weekly assessment of the NHL.
The Hawks won in Toronto but managed just two overtime losses in three games against the Southeast conference. It dropped them below the Detroit Red Wings, in the rankings, after moving past them for the first time since the beginning of the season. The Wings check in at No. 4.
The Hawks’ opponent on Monday, San Jose, is No. 3 in the rankings. They have made a season long climb and are firmly entrenched in the top 5 while leading the ultra-competitive Pacific Division. The Washington Capitals jumped from No. 7 to No. 2 on the heels of an eight-game winning streak, which included a 4-3 overtime win against the Hawks on Sunday.
With less than a month left in the regular season it would be an upset if the Vancouver Canucks did not finish with the top ranking. They are on the verge of being the first team to reach 100 points and have won five in a row heading into Monday’s contest against the Minnesota Wild. Philadelphia rounds out the top 5 this week.