Analysis

NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Get Bumped Up On Bye Week

By Colin Likas
Feb 4, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrate a goal during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 4, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) and center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrate a goal during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blackhawks defeat the Stars 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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9. Montreal Canadiens

Previous: No. 7

Record: 31-19-8 (70 points)

The Habs have led the Atlantic essentially from the outset, but they clearly weren’t satisfied with what they’ve achieved down the stretch. How often do you see a first-place team dump its head coach? Funny enough, Montreal’s last game under Michel Therrien was a loss against the Bruins, which previously housed Montreal’s new coach, Claude Julien.

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