Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Still Contending

By Gail Kauchak
Jan 22, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with his teammates during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 22, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with his teammates during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports /
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No. 7: Chicago Blackhawks

Previous: No. 5

Record:  30-16-5 (65 points)

The Hawks have lost two games in a row after winning three games in a row.  Inconsistency seems to be a big issue with this team this season.  When their top lines are rolling, the lower lines are in a funk, and vice versa.  The defense has been struggling all year, and goaltending is the most recent area to have it’s troubles.  If Chicago wants to make a deep run into the playoffs, they need to put together the pieces real quick.  Oh, and trading for a left wing to play alongside Toews would be helpful.

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