As the Chicago Blackhawks continue to struggle, they also keep sliding down our NHL power rankings, brought to us this week by Blackhawk Up’s Matthew Morrow and Colin Likas
If you’re trying to forget about the struggles of the Chicago Blackhawks, who lost 2-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday, this week’s NHL power rankings may not necessarily help.
However, you can read about the success (and failure) of other teams in addition to seeing how the Blackhawks’ struggles leave them ranked in the league. So there’s always that.
Let’s jump into this week’s ranks.
31. Buffalo Sabres
Previous: No. 30
Buffalo earned an unlikely 2-1 overtime victory Monday against red-hot Calgary. This came two days after the Sabres suffered a 7-1 loss at the hands of the Dallas Stars. So … are the Blackhawks cosplaying as the Buffalo Sabres?
30. Arizona Coyotes
Previous: No. 31
Arizona has won two consecutive tilts, most recently topping the New York Islanders 3-2 on Monday. This squad is tied for the most games played in the league (49) and has a measly 11 regulation/overtime wins to show for it. This wasn’t part of the rebuilding plan, was it?
29. Vancouver Canucks
Previous: No. 29
So here’s something weird. Going back to look at Vancouver’s recent games, I discovered the team website’s schedule had them being off for the first 19 days of 2018. Then I realized it wasn’t just the Canucks’ website doing this, as it looks like the NHL website system was having a bit of a freakout late last night. Shocker.
28. Ottawa Senators
Previous: No. 28
The Senators are on a three-game losing streak and seem unlikely to pull out of their season-long spiral. Not helping matters is the recent schedule. After losses to Toronto on Saturday and Minnesota on Monday, the Sens must face the Blues tonight and Boston on Thursday.
27. Montreal Canadiens
Previous: No. 26
Montreal could have a noticeably better record if it was more successful at the luckfest that is NHL overtime. The Habs have 11 wins at home this season, but also five defeats in extra time. Sixteen wins at home instead of 11 would tie for third in the Eastern Conference.