Hawks drop to No. 2 in power rankings

December, 26, 2011
12/26/11
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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CHICAGO -- One loss last week sent the Blackhawks toppling from the No. 1 spot in ESPN.com’s power rankings, though they didn’t fall far. They check in at No. 2 as Chicago and Boston flip-flopped.

The Hawks had a furious third-period comeback attempt against the Pittsburgh Penguins last week but lost that game, 3-2, before beating the Montreal Canadiens, 5-1 to close out their pre-Christmas schedule. Boston, meanwhile, left a lasting impression with an 8-0 drubbing of the Florida Panthers before hitting the holiday. The Bruins have won 20 of 23 games so it’s hard to argue their right to the top spot.

The Blackhawks deservedly continue to top central division teams though the St. Louis Blues aren’t going away. The Blues are up to No. 5 in the rankings while the Detroit Red Wings dropped to No. 7 due to some problems on the road. That could be good news for the Hawks, they play Detroit twice at the United Center in the span of 10 days coming up.

A win on Monday and the Hawks would become the first team in the NHL to reach 50 points, another good reason they are near the top of the power rankings.

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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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Patrick Sharp
PTS GOALS AST +/-
78 34 44 13
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Sharp 34
AssistsD. Keith 55
+/-M. Hossa 28
GAAC. Crawford 2.26