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NHL Power Rankings: Sharks soar to top of Pacific

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NHL Power Rankings: Sharks soar to top of Pacific

The Sharks have rolled off six consecutive wins during their six-game road trip, and have overtaken the No. 1 seed in the Pacific Division a week after trade rumors swirled around Patrick Marleau.

Meanwhile in the East, the Lightning snapped out of their offensive funk and will look to build off a 5-0 win over Anaheim on Saturday.

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 | Week 5 Week 6

 

Rank Team
Last Week Record/Comment
1 2

17-4-0, 34 points: The Stars have followed up each loss this season with winning streaks of five games, three, three, and five.

2   1

15-3-2, 32 points: Rick Nash has come alive (we think) after netting a hat trick in a win over Florida. He had two goals total in the Rangers' first 17 games.

3   3

16-4-2, 34 points: Carey Price beat the Islanders in back-to-back games in his first action since Oct. 29.

4   4

13-5-1, 27 points: The Capitals are 6-0-0 following a loss this season, and have outscored their opponents by 15 in those games.

5

13-6-2, 28 points: The Blues have cooled off a bit, going 2-3-1 in their last six games following an 11-3-1 start, but remain in control of the Central Division by three points.

6

12-8-0, 24 points: The Kings are far and away the best puck-possession team, controlling 56.6 of even-strength shot attempts, and rank in the top 10 in power play percentage (20.6) and penalty kill (84.6).

7  

11-8-2, 24 points: Patrick Kane has more three-point games (3) than zero-point games (2) this season.

8   16 

13-8-0, 26 points: The Sharks went 6-0-0 during their six-game road trip, and have overtaken the No. 1 seed in the Pacific Division. Oh, and Logan Couture should return to the lineup any day now.

9  

11-5-3, 25 points: The Wild 8-1-0 at home but 3-4-3 on the road this season. Luckily for them, five of their next six games are at Xcel Energy Center.

10    12

10-8-3, 23 points: The Islanders owned the No. 1 penalty kill unit during the first month, but have slipped to No. 11 after allowing at least a power play goal in seven of their last nine games.

11   11 

12-8-0, 24 points: It's time (way overdue) that Marc-Andre Fleury deserves recognition for the Vezina-type season he's having, saving the Penguins from free-falling in the standings.

12   13 

10-9-3, 23 points: The Lightning own the second-best goals against average this season at 2.18. Be patient with the offense. It'll come.

13  

11-5-3, 25 points: The Predators' offense really dried up as they were shutout 4-0 on back-to-back nights against Columbus and Minnesota.

14   14 

10-5-5, 25 points: Back-to-back shutouts wins over Columbus and Philadelphia is a nice confidence builder for a team with a leaky defense.

15   18 

11-8-2, 24 points: Dylan Larkin is the first teenager to score a goal in four straight games for the Red Wings since Steve Yzerman in 1984-85, per Elias. He's the real deal.

16   15 

10-8-1, 21 points: Loui Eriksson has given the Bruins some pop on offense with 18 points in 19 games, including a hat trick in a win over Minnesota last Thursday.

17   10 

11-8-1, 23 points: The Devils came back down to earth, losing to the Flames and Oilers, where they were outshot by a combined 17 shots.

18   22 

8-8-4, 20 points: Roberto Luongo registered his 408th career win last Monday, which ranks tied for eighth-most in NHL history. Quietest milestone ever?

19   17 

10-9-1, 21 points: The Coyotes stole a win in Montreal last week then followed that up by letting one slip away against Winnipeg.

20   21 

8-8-6, 22 points: Henrik and Daniel Sedin combined for nine points in a win over the Blackhawks last weekend, reminding us they still have plenty left in the tank.

21   19 

7-10-4, 18 points: The Ducks went on a nice four-game winning streak after starting 1-7-2, but are 2-3-2 since then, reigniting discussion about Bruce Boudreau's job being in jeopardy.

22   24  10-9-2, 22 points: The Jets snapped a six-game losing streak with a pair of wins over Vancouver and Arizona to help steer the ship back in the right direction.
23   20 

8-10-2, 18 points: Evander Kane should give the Sabres a boost on offense after missing the last month with a knee injury, but they've lost both games since his return.

24   26 

7-10-4, 18 points: The Maple Leafs have picked up at least a point in eight of their last 11 games. Somebody tell them they're ruining the rebuilding process.

25   25 

7-10-3, 17 points: The Hurricanes are controlling 53.8 percent of even-strength shot attempts, which ranks second-best, yet have just one regulation win in their last nine games.

26   30 

8-12-1, 17 points: The Flames have won three of their last four games, and held the Blackhawks to a season-low 19 shots in goal in 2-1 overtime win on Friday.

27 26 

8-14-0, 16 points: A demoralizing 5-3 loss to the Sharks after leading 3-1 in the third period kicked the Blue Jackets back down when their fate appeared to be turning in their favor.

28 28

7-12-1, 15 points: Leon Draisaitl ranks second on the Oilers in scoring with 17 points, and has done so in just 10 games.

29   29 

6-9-5, 17 points: The Flyers' 2012 third-round pick Shayne Gostisbehere has made an immediate impact in his first four games, showing he could be a piece to build around on the blue line.

30 23 

7-12-1, 15 points: The Avalanche have a minus-9 goal differential during their three-game losing streak after winning their previous three games by a combined 10 goals. That didn't take long.

*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?