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 27, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates after scoring a goal on Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 27, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates after scoring a goal on Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /

3. Chicago Blackhawks

Previous: No. 1

Record: 48-21-7 (103 points)

Leading Tampa Bay 4-1 midway through the second period Monday night, the Blackhawks seemed well on their way to erasing the stinging memory of Saturday’s disturbing 7-0 loss to Florida, when all of a sudden … they weren’t. The Bolts capitalized on a string of Blackhawks gaffes to tie the game in regulation and then won it 5-4 in overtime.  Fortunately for Chicago, Minnesota has played just as poorly of late, and the ‘Hawks hold a commanding eight-point lead over the Wild on top the Central Division. Still, the return of Artem Anisimov to the lineup can’t come soon enough.

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