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 24, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) and goalie Aaron Dell (30) defend against Dallas Stars left wing Curtis McKenzie (11) during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Sharks 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 24, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Justin Braun (61) and goalie Aaron Dell (30) defend against Dallas Stars left wing Curtis McKenzie (11) during the third period at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Sharks 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

28. Dallas Stars

Previous: No. 26

Record: 31-33-11 (73 points)

Although two wins against the reigning Western Conference champion San Jose Sharks are definitely a positive, this team continues to fall apart. Patrick Sharp has officially hung up the skates for the year after undergoing season-ending surgery. Sure, Sharp hasn’t even had much of a season, but this is yet another loss for a team that many thought would continue its dominance in the West. It’s crazy how time can change a team. Lindy Ruff is certainly feeling the heat as his job may very well be in jeopardy.

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