NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Fall Out Of Top Spot

By Gregory Bradshaw
Mar 19, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with teammates after his goal during the third period of the game against the Colorado Avalanche at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 19, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) celebrates with teammates after his goal during the third period of the game against the Colorado Avalanche at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 16, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal (12) looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 16, 2017; Raleigh, NC, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal (12) looks on against the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports /

9. Minnesota Wild

Previous: No. 5

Record: 44-24-7 (95 points)

Minnesota has lost eight of its last nine games and remains eight points behind the Central Division-leading Chicago Blackhawks. But other than their horrendous effort in Saturday’s 4-2 loss against Vancouver, the Wild have mostly played well and fallen victim to bad bounces. It would be an unwise opponent who chooses to discount the Wild as a playoff threat, for they still possess the league’s most tenacious forecheck, and puck luck is bound to turn their way. Beware.

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