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NHL Power Rankings: Capitals still going strong near top

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NHL Power Rankings: Capitals still going strong near top

No Carey Price? No problem. The Canadiens continue to run away with the No. 1 spot, owning a 10-point lead in the Atlantic Division, as 25-year-old rookie goaltender Mike Condon was named the NHL's third star of the week.

The Rangers climbed to No. 2 after winning their fifth straight game, while the Capitals continue to secure a high spot for their consistent play.

Check in with CSNChicago.com 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 

 

Rank Team
Last Week Record/Comment
1 1

13-2-1, 27 points: Filling in for Carey Price, rookie Mike Condon was named the NHL's third star of the week after posting a 2-0-1 record with a 1.66 goals against average and .934 save percentage. The Canadiens just breed great goaltending.

2   5

10-2-2, 22 points: The Rangers rank No. 5 in goals per game (3.00) and No. 1 in goals against per game (1.71), and are thriving despite a 46.5 Corsi For, which ranks second-to-last in the league.

3   2

10-3-0, 20 points: Alex Ovechkin tied Sergei Fedorov for most goals (483) by a Russian-born players, and did so in 476 fewer games.

4   6

10-3-1, 21 points: What a week for the Blues, who overcame a three-goal deficit to beat the reigning Stanley Cup champions, got Kevin Shattenkirk back in a 4-0 win in Nashville, and have finally found their No. 1 goalie in Jake Allen.

5 4

12-3-0, 24 points: If you're looking for a dark horse Norris Trophy candidate, it's 23-year-old John Klingberg, who ranks No. 1 among defenseman in points with 15.

6 3

9-5-0, 18 points: The Kings have their seven-game winning streak snapped by the Blackhawks, but bounced back with a shut out win on the road over St. Louis.

7   11 

8-6-1, 17 points: An impressive win, without Duncan Keith and Marian Hossa, over a Los Angeles team that was on a seven-game win streak reminded the NHL that they're still the team to beat when focused.

8

8-3-2, 18 points: The Predators are 5-0-0 in games when they're outshot, and 3-3-2 when they outshoot their opponent.

9  

9-5-0, 18 points: The Penguins have scored one power play goal in each of their last five games (13 attempts). They scored two total in their first nine games (31 attempts).

10 10 

8-3-2, 18 points: A big test coming for the Wild, whose captain Zach Parise is listed as "week-to-week" with a right MCL sprain.  

11  

7-5-3, 17 points: The Islanders allowed just three goals on the penalty kill in their first 12 games (39 attempts). They've given up three in as many games (10 attempts).

12 16 

8-5-1, 17 points: The Devils are now 8-2-0 in their last 10 games, and seven of those games have been decided by one goal. 

13   12 

8-5-2, 18 points: How deep is the Central Division? The Jets would be tied for the division lead if they were in Pacific. They're No. 5 in the Central.

14 25 

5-7-2, 12 points: Anaheim has come alive with four straight wins, silencing talks about Bruce Boudreau's job being in jeopardy for now.

15   13 

7-7-2, 16 points: The Lightning have scored one goal or fewer in seven of their first 16 games, including six of their last eight. They did that just 11 times in all of last season.

16    20

7-4-3, 17 points: The Senators have jumped to the No. 2 spot in the Atlantic Division after quietly picking up a point in six of their last seven games. 

17   14 

7-6-1, 15 points: The Bruins own the NHL's best power play (33.3 percent), but also possess the worst penalty kill (70.4 percent)

18   15 

6-4-5, 17 points: Let's add on to that roller-coaster season we talked about last week for the Canucks: 3-0-1 in their first four games, 0-2-2 in their next four, 3-0-1 in the four after that and 0-2-1 in their last three.

19 19 

7-6-1, 15 points: The Red Wings have won three of their last four games, and are expecting to get Pavel Datsyuk (ankle) back next week.

20   17

7-7-0, 14 points: The Sharks kick off a six-game road trip on Friday against Detroit, Buffalo, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Columbus.

21   18 

5-6-3, 13 points: The Panthers are 0-3-2 in their last five games, but the good news is they'll play seven of their next eight at home, where they are 3-2-1 this season.

22   22  6-8-0, 12 points: Jordan Staal has six points — three goals and three assists — in his last five games after being held pointless in the first nine contests.
23   23 

6-8-0, 12 points: Rasmus Ristolainen spoiled Ryan Miller's homecoming back to Buffalo after scoring two goals, the game-winner with 17 seconds to play in regulation.

24 24 

6-6-1, 13 points: The Coyotes are 4-2-1 on the road this season, which is great as they get ready to play six of their next seven away from home.

25   21 

5-6-3, 13 points: The Flyers have one win in their last seven games, and have been outscored by 9.

26   26 

5-10-0, 10 points: The loss of Connor McDavid (broken clavicle) is enormous, but the silver lining is the opportunity for a young Oilers team to collectively step up in his absence.

27   29 

5-9-1, 11 points: The Flames have won three of their last four, but they've allowed 13 goals in those games, adding to a league-worst 59 goals allowed.

28   27 

4-11-0, 8 points: The Blue Jackets are still winless at home, but picked up a pair of road wins over San Jose and Los Angeles.

29   28 

4-9-1, 9 points: Gabriel Landeskog had six points in his first three games. In the 11 games since then, he's compiled just five.

30 30

2-8-4, 8 points: The Maple Leafs have 12 losses this season, but they've pushed four of those to overtime.

*Advanced stats courtesy of war-on-ice.com.

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

Blackhawks edge out Senators in shootout: 'It was really nice to get a win'

It was a rare sight to see the Blackhawks in a shootout on Wednesday night.

It was just the second time this season — and first time at the United Center — that the Blackhawks made it past 3-on-3 overtime. 

The last came on Dec. 2, 2017, a 3-2 shootout loss to the Stars in Dallas. On Wednesday night, the Blackhawks were on the other end, beating the Ottawa Senators 3-2 in a seven-round shootout. Nick Schmaltz netted the game-winner.

"We'll take it," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I thought we had a decent game tonight. Overtime not so good, I liked the shootout victory, Fors made some big saves for us particularly as the game got deeper. Our third was OK, I thought our first two were way better, and overtime we gave up some high quality, some bells were rings for a bit there. But it was nice to see the shootout win."

Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist, recording another multi-point game, his 16th of the season.

"I mean we need every point we can get at this point," Kane said. "There's still belief in this locker room. Obviously we need to go on quite a run and have a big record here down the stretch. But take it a game at a time and nice to get two points."

Anton Forsberg was a big reason the Blackhawks even recorded those two points. The 25-year-old netminder stopped 34 of 36 shots and made a handful of big saves down the stretch.

"It was really nice to get a win for sure," Forsberg said. "I would love to have a lot more wins, but right now just gotta look forward and get as many wins as possible."

Added Quenneville: "I think it was good for him to win a game the way he did. Lot of shots were on the line, as we progressed, got deeper, hitting the point first was big for him and for us and then finding a way to get the extra one was a good win."

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks collide with Senators

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Ottawa Senators tonight on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Trade chips.

The Blackhawks have reached the point in their season where they have no choice but to become sellers before the Feb. 26 deadline, and we saw that when they traded Michal Kempny to the Washington Capitals on Monday for a conditional third-round pick in 2018. Tommy Wingels could also be an attractive piece for a team looking to fill out their depth.

The Senators will definitely be sellers, and wow do they have some names potentially on the market that can fetch large returns: Derrick Brassard and Mike Hoffman are two players who log top-six minutes on a nightly basis and also have term left on their contract, which is great for teams looking to load up for this year and beyond.

The biggest name to watch, probably in the league altogether, is Erik Karlsson, who could be on the move if a team offers a big enough package for the Senators to pull the trigger now as opposed to in the offseason if they feel him re-signing is a long shot. He was the best defenseman last season, and if a team steps up to get him, they're getting two possible postseason runs out of him.

2. Artem Anisimov's experiment at left wing not working.

Joel Quenneville has tried rekindling the magic between Anisimov, Nick Schmaltz and Patrick Kane as of late, only this time Anisimov is playing the wing and it just hasn't been very effective. The trio was on the ice for each of the two 5-on-5 goals the Kings scored on Monday, and Anisimov completely lost his man on the first one.

It's important to establish a consistent left winger for Schmaltz and Kane, and maybe putting Alex DeBrincat up there is something you consider going forward as part of a long-term solution. Move Anisimov back down as the third-line center to play in more of a defensive role and continue using his big body on power plays for his offensive abilities might be the best bet.

3. Win the special teams battle.

In their last meeting against Ottawa on Jan. 9, the Blackhawks went 4-for-6 on the power play and 4-on-4 on the penalty kill in an 8-2 win. And those are two areas to look out for again.

The Senators own the 28th-ranked power play with a 16.1 percent success rate and 29th-ranked penalty kill with a 74.5 percent success rate. Get ready for another offensive outburst?