The Chicago Blackhawks are trying to inch toward a spot in the top 15 of our NHL power rankings. Let’s see if they got the job done this week.
After an 8-2 win over the lowly Ottawa Senators on Tuesday, the Chicago Blackhawks certainly picked up a little steam entering another edition of the NHL power rankings. But was it enough to get them inside the top 15, where they really need to be this time of year?
Blackhawk Up writers Randy Holndoner and Colin Likas offer their insight on where the Blackhawks, and the NHL’s other 30 teams, fall in this week’s poll.
31. Buffalo Sabres
Previous: No. 30
The Sabres own three more points than the Arizona Coyotes in the race to the bottom of the league, but Buffalo has also lost four consecutive games. Thus, it earns a spot here in the countdown. The Sabres most recently played whipping boy to red-hot Winnipeg, 7-4 on Tuesday.
30. Arizona Coyotes
Previous: No. 31
Some viewers are wondering how Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson has made the Pacific Division All-Star team given the way his season is going. We at Blackhawk Up are more so wondering how the Coyotes are stuck on single-digit regulation/overtime wins as we enter the middle stages of January.
29. Vancouver Canucks
Previous: No. 27
The facade that was the Canucks being good has gone away, as the team’s defense and goaltending cannot hold up anymore. The Canucks have permitted 143 markers, tied for the most in the Western Conference and the third-highest total in the league.