NHL Power Rankings: Blackhawks rise after successful Circus Trip


NHL Power Rankings: Blackhawks rise after successful Circus Trip

The Capitals made the jump from No. 4 to No. 1, and it probably should have happened sooner. Led by Barry Trotz and captained by Alex Ovechkin, this is arguably their best chance to win a Stanley Cup in their 41-year history.

Meanwhile in the West, the Blackhawks are back into the Top 5 of our latest NHL Power Rankings after a successful Circus Trip, which featured an impressive 5-2 win that snapped the Sharks' six-game winning streak and a thrilling comeback win over the Ducks.

Check in with for updated rankings every Monday throughout the 2015-16 campaign. Here's where we're at so far: Preseason rankings | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 Week 6 Week 7


Rank Team
Last Week Record/Comment
1 4

17-5-1, 35 points: What's not to like about this Capitals team? Well-coached/structured, deep and resilient, three ingredients a Stanley Cup contender must have.

2   2

19-5-0, 38 points: The Stars bounced back from a 7-4 loss to Ottawa with a home and road win against Vancouver and Minnesota on back-to-back nights. Here comes another winning streak.

3   3

18-4-3, 39 points: Carey Price will miss the next month with a knee injury, meaning rookie Mike Condon will provide a larger sample size for the Canadiens as the temporary starter.

4   2

16-6-2, 34 points: The Rangers have lost three consecutive games in regulation after losing just three games in regulation in the first 21 games.


13-8-3, 29 points: The Blackhawks picked up eight out of a possible 12 points during their annual Circus Trip as Patrick Kane sets the record for longest point streak by an American-born players with 19 games.


14-8-1, 29 points: Rallying from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime, the Kings channeled the same late-game magic that helped them win two Stanley Cups in three years.


15-6-3, 33 points: Paul Stastny back in the lineup provides a big boost up the middle for the Blues, who are 3-0-2 in their last five games.

8   8

14-9-0, 28 points: Brent Burns has 20 points in 23 games, and is averaging 26:24 of ice time, on pace to shatter his career high of 25:03 set during the 2010-11 campaign.

9 10 

12-8-4, 28 points: A challenging week awaits the Islanders, who are slated to face Colorado, N.Y. Rangers, St. Louis and Ottawa.

10  11

13-8-2, 28 points: Evgeni Malkin has scored five game-winning goals this season, already surpassing last year's total (4) in 48 fewer games.

11 14

12-6-5, 29 points: The Senators are 4-1-2 in their last seven games, and will be tested this week with upcoming games against Philadelphia, Chicago, N.Y. Rangers and N.Y. Islanders.

12 16

13-8-1, 27 points: The Bruins have killed off 15 of 16 penalties (93.8 percent) during their five-game winning streak, slowly improving their penalty kill percentage to 75.3.


11-7-4, 26 points: The Wild have one win in their last seven games, and Zach Parise was held pointless in both games since his return from injury.

14 12 

11-11-3, 25 points: The Lightning are in the middle of a really difficult stretch, and begin their three-game trip out West on Wednesday.

15 13 

12-7-4, 28 points: Filip Forsberg snapped a 17-game goalless drought in an overtime loss to the Flyers on Friday. Nashville needs him to get going.

16   15 

12-8-4, 28 points: Brad Richards has seen his ice time jump to 17 minutes per game after moving to left wing on the second line with Pavel Datsyuk. 

17   19

13-9-1, 27 points: Three straight wins for the Coyotes, who will look to carry that momentum into their five-game road stand. 

18 18 

10-9-4, 24 points: The Panthers have begun a stretch where they will play nine of their next 11 games on the road, where they are 4-4-2 this season.

19 17 

12-9-2, 26 points: The Devils have outshot their opponents in just six of their first 23 games this season, relying too heavily on Cory Schneider.

20   20 

9-8-7, 25 points: The Canucks are 2-4-2 in their last eight games despite having scored at least a power play goal in each of those contests.

21   21

8-11-5, 21 points: The Ducks suffered a mental lapse (again) to the Blackhawks, who erased a 2-0 deficit in the final two minutes of regulation and won 3-2 in overtime.

22 23  10-12-2, 22 points: Chad Johnson allowed only two goals and registered a save percentage of .965 in back-to-back wins over Carolina and Nashville.
23 22

11-12-2, 24 points: The Jets were 7-3-1 with a plus-6 goal differential in October. They went 4-9-1 with a minus-19 goal differential in November.

24   24

7-11-5, 19 points: After winning five consecutive games, James Reimer has dropped his last two starts to Boston, 2-0 and 4-3 (shootout).

25   25 

8-11-4, 20 points: Justin Faulk has recorded at least a point in eight of his last 10 games, scoring four goals and seven assists.

26 29

9-10-5, 23 points: The Flyers have three wins in their last four games after compiling just three wins in their previous 14 games.

27 27 

10-15-0, 20 points: The Blue Jackets are taking things one game at a time, but at some point, they need to follow up losses with winning streaks.

28 28

8-14-2, 18 points: Connor McDavid is reportedly progressing ahead of schedule, but the Oilers are still staying the course (as they should) of the recovery process.

29   30

9-13-1, 19 points: Semyon Varlamov is 2-0-0 since returning from injury, but sorry Patrick Roy, he won't be enough to hide the dismal puck-possession numbers.

30 26 

8-14-2, 18 points: The Flames' minus-31 goal differential is by far the worst in the NHL through Week 7.

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Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

Blackhawks ban four ejected fans from future home games

The Blackhawks have banned the four fans — who were ejected from Saturday's game against the Washington Capitals for their racist remarks towards Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly — from future home games.

On Monday, a Blackhawks spokesperson released this statement:

We have contacted the select individuals involved in the incident on Saturday to notify them that they are no longer welcome at our home games. Racist comments and other inappropriate behavior are not tolerated by the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks also wanted to remind fans that they can alert security at the United Center by texting the following to 69050: UCASSIST <SPACE> followed by the seating section, row and a brief description of the issue.

Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick


Blackhawks deal Michal Kempny to Capitals for conditional third-round pick

The Blackhawks dealt defenseman Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals for a third-round pick. Kempny had seven points in 31 games this season.

Kempny, 27, recorded 15 points in 81 career games for the Blackhawks. He tallied an assist in Saturday's 7-1 victory over the Capitals.

Kempny signed a one-year extension through the end of this season back in May.