The Chicago Blackhawks gained strength in this week’s NHL power rankings as divisional races tighten for the stretch run
Reversing a three-game skid with two consecutive wins, the Chicago Blackhawks moved up a notch in this week’s NHL power rankings. Chicago got production up and down the lineup, with Blackhawks rookies contributing timely scores in hard-fought victories over Arizona and Dallas.
Meanwhile, divisional races have tightened up across the board with major logjams forming around wild-card slots in both the Eastern and Western conferences. Only a small handful of teams are truly out of playoff contention, and five teams are within four points of a wild card in the East while four teams are within five points of a wild card in the West.
With the high number of three-point games in play, it’s extremely difficult to make up lost ground, so the pressure is on to win as the league heads into the stretch run.
Here’s a look at this week’s NHL power rankings.
Note: All statistics are current as of Tuesday morning and do not include Tuesday night’s action.