Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Eastern Conference Continues Dominance

By Mario Tirabassi
Dec 4, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry (26), right wing Alexander Radulov (47), left wing Max Pacioretty (67) and center Alex Galchenyuk (27) celebrate a goal in the first period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry (26), right wing Alexander Radulov (47), left wing Max Pacioretty (67) and center Alex Galchenyuk (27) celebrate a goal in the first period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) with the puck behind the net of Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) with the puck behind the net of Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck (37) during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

No. 5: Chicago Blackhawks

Last Week: 7th

Record: 17-8-3 (37 points)

The Blackhawks are still one of the more dangerous teams in the NHL, but the loss of both Jonathan Toews and Corey Crawford in recent weeks has exposed the true lack of depth for Chicago. Scott Darling will now have to pick up the reigns in net, and top players like Patrick Kane and Marian Hossa will be expected to drive the Blackhawks offensively without Toews.

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