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NHL Power Rankings: Chicago Blackhawks Outside Top 20 At Key Point

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The Chicago Blackhawks find themselves in an unenviable spot in this week’s NHL power rankings, as their slot leaves them among the has-beens during a critical point in the regular season

A growing number of Chicago Blackhawks fans seem resigned to this team’s possible fate as a playoff miss-out. The Blackhawks have been inconsistent all season, and more often played poorly than well. This shows in our latest NHL power rankings.

The Blackhawks are among the has-beens — those teams that maybe had a moment of clarity earlier in the season, but have since fallen apart. They’re searching for trade deadline partners and pretending not to try to up their draft stock.

The Blackhawks don’t seem to know exactly what they want to do yet in that regard, but these NHL power rankings offer a suggestion.

31. Arizona Coyotes

Previous: No. 30

It’s hard to imagine the Coyotes pining for the days of Mike Smith, but here they are. They have just 12 wins on the season, and they were most recently lambasted by the Los Angeles Kings, 6-0. Instead of taking the next step with a growing group of youngsters, the Coyotes have fallen apart.

30. Buffalo Sabres

Previous: No. 31

The Sabres are rapidly turning into the Cleveland Browns of the NHL. Buffalo’s rebuilding plan can’t seem to find its conclusion, and the team is wasting the talents of Jack Eichel — who blames himself for a majority of these struggles.

29. Ottawa Senators

Previous: No. 28

Ottawa has the fewest road wins in the Eastern Conference with seven. It’s amazing what a single season will do, as the Sens went from a surprise conference finalist to a squad that may what to move some of its key pieces.

28. Vancouver Canucks

Previous: No. 29

Vancouver is one of four teams currently winless in the shootout this season, though only the Canucks and Philadelphia have achieved this with more than one try at the event. Not that it would matter too much if Vancouver could fare better in the luck portion of the game; they’re still not a good team right now.

27. Detroit Red Wings

Previous: No. 26

The Wings haven’t been as bad as might have been expected, but they’re just entirely average. Still, they’ve allowed 151 goals, which is the best mark among current non-playoff teams in the East. A minus-17 goal differential shows the offense needs to get on track.

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