No. 6: Chicago Blackhawks
Season record: 32-17-5 (69 points)
Chicago’s rookies are starting to make an impact, and the team has found more balanced scoring in winning its last two games. But recently, the ‘Hawks have been bitten by squandering third-period leads, and are still searching for the consistency of a championship team.
Chicago has a big opportunity to gain ground on the Minnesota Wild when the teams square off in St. Paul on Wednesday night.