Power Rankings: Hawks drop four spots

January, 30, 2012
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Rogers By Jesse Rogers
ESPNChicago.com
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VANCOUVER -- After suffering back-to-back losses to the Nashville Predators before the All-Star break, the Chicago Blackhawks are in fourth place in the Central Division and slipped from No. 5 to No. 9 in ESPN.com’s weekly Power Rankings released on Monday.

But was it deserved?

The Hawks essentially played both of those games without Jonathan Toews while already being short Patrick Sharp’s 20 goals and 20 assists. That’s a lot of production out of the lineup to cause a drop in the power rankings after just two losses even if it’s just for a few spots. The Hawks had earned at least a point in seven straight games. Additionally they dressed five rookies in the lineup for the finale before the break.

If the Hawks are No. 9 now the upcoming nine-game road trip could sink them further. More important is where they are in the standings -- those aren’t subjective. And the fact remains they’re behind Detroit, St. Louis and Nashville -- at least for now.

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 Kane
PTS GOALS AST +/-
36 16 20 9
OTHER LEADERS
GoalsP. Kane 16
AssistsP. Kane 20
+/-K. Versteeg 15
GAAC. Crawford 2.00