Power Rankings: Hawks fall couple spots
October, 10, 2011
By Jesse Rogers
Bill Smith/NHLI via Getty ImagesThe Blackhawks split a pair of games with the Stars and dropped two spots in the Rankings.CHICAGO -- Two teams in the Central Division made jumps in ESPN.com's latest Power Rankings, which were released Monday, but neither was the Chicago Blackhawks.
After opening the season by splitting a pair of games with the Dallas Stars, the Hawks fell from their preseason ranking of No. 6 to No. 8.
Meanwhile, the Nashville Predators took the biggest leap after winning their first two games, both on the road, as they moved from No. 19 to No. 7. But it's the Detroit Red Wings who occupy the top spot in the rankings. The Wings won both their games last week and jumped from No. 8 to No. 1 with impressive wins.
The St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets began the season with losses and are No. 20 and No. 25, respectively.
The Hawks play just twice this week, hosting the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday and the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins on Saturday. Saturday's matchup features a contest between the last two Cup winners. It's the only time they'll face each other this season.