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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.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Corey Crawford is BACK, are the Bulls legitimate playoff contenders?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Corey Crawford is BACK, are the Bulls legitimate playoff contenders?

Mark Lazerus and Hub Arkush join David Kaplan on the panel.

The guys discuss Corey Crawford’s return and what it means for the team’s playoff chances.

Khalil Mack misses practice again. The guys debate if it would be better to leave him out vs. the Patriots.

The latest on the MLB playoffs with controversy in Houston and gamesmanship by the Brewers.

Will Perdue and Kendall Gill join the panel to discuss Kris Dunn’s absence from the opener and the team’s playoff chances this season.

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Blackhawks make it official: Corey Crawford is back

Blackhawks make it official: Corey Crawford is back

He’s back.

Corey Crawford was officially activated from injured reserve on Thursday and will start in goal for the first time since Dec. 23, 2017 when the Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes.

"It’s exciting," coach Joel Quenneville said. "I’m sure he’s looking forward to it and we’re all excited about it as well. It’ll be a fun situation for the guys, seeing him back in the net as well. So we’re looking for everyone to be excited about tonight’s game."

The two-time Stanley Cup champion was medically cleared to practice from his concussion on Oct. 1, but the Blackhawks wanted to give Crawford as much time as he needed to get his conditioning and puck-tracking skills up to game speed before putting him into game action.

"It feels good to be back to myself," Crawford said on Wednesday. "I'm feeling good, I'm feeling clear. It was a pretty long process. ... Practices have been great, been getting timing a little bit more and getting up to speed and reading shots and all that, so it'll be nice to finally get in one."

To make room for Crawford on the 23-man roster, the Blackhawks have assigned forward Luke Johnson to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Brandon Saad, who wore a white healthy scratch jersey all week at practice, will take his spot in the lineup.

For now, the Blackhawks will hang on to Anton Forsberg and carry three goaltenders as insurance as they get ready to start a seven-games-in-11-days stretch.

Crawford was 16-9-2 with a 2.27 goals against average, .929 save percentage and two shutouts in 28 games last season. The Blackhawks were 17-30-8 without him and finished last in the Central Division.