The Weekly Macklin Celebrini Watch: Chicago Blackhawks Fall Further Behind the San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks are five points ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks in the race to the bottom.
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The Chicago Blackhawks came back from a 4-0 deficit to the San Jose Sharks to win 5-4 in overtime. The comeback victory was impressive after being down by that much, but it also means the Sharks increased their lead in the standings by five points.

The Sharks have lost seven straight games and only have picked up one point in the standings thanks to last night's matchup going into overtime. The Sharks are 1-6-1 since the March 8th NHL trade deadline. San Jose had a fire sale, and it is showing in the standings.

The Blackhawks meanwhile have gone 5-5 over their past 10 games to climb out of dead last in the NHL. Two of those wins came over the Sharks. So they are winning the head-to-head matchups in the Macklin Celebrini Bowl, but it also means losing ground in having the best odds to take the prize of the NHL Draft this year.

So you can officially say the Blackhawks are not the worst team in the NHL, they are just No. 31.

That means the Hawks have just a 13.5% chance of winning the NHL Draft Lottery. The Blackhawks still have 11 games to go while the Sharks have 12.

Six of the Hawks' final 11 games are on the road with a three-game road game slate starting this week. The Hawks have won just two road games since early November. Seven of those remaining games come against teams in the playoff chase.

There is a chance the Blackhawks could regain the top spot in the Tankathon standings. The Blackhawks are going to need the best possible odds if they hope to win the NHL Draft Lottery for the second consecutive year.