The Chicago Blackhawks move into the top five of our NHL power rankings after a successful road trip that included a five-game win streak.
The bye week couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Chicago Blackhawks, despite what this week’s NHL power rankings might suggest.
After losing to the Sharks 3-1 on January 31st, the Blackhawks went on a tear, winning five straight games. Not scoring fewer than four goals in each game, the Blackhawks took out the Coyotes, Stars, Wild, Jets and Oilers.
The ‘Hawks seem to have the second spot in the Central Division locked up. The question is if they can catch the Wild and who will take that thirrd spot. The Blackhawks have had success against the Predators in the past but the additions of Ryan Johansen and P.K. Subban could make for a much different series this time.
With the trade deadline coming up on March 1st, a lot of questions should begin to be answered as we enter the final stretch. Will the ‘Hawks make a move or stand pat? Will the Wild go all in? What will the Blues do with Kevin Shattenkirk?
Let’s take a look at this week’s NHL power rankings to see how each team stacks up before the trade deadline, brought to you by Blackhawk Up writers Aaron Goldschmidt and Juliana Nikac.