Up from ninth last week, the Hawks reside in sixth, still behind their Western foes, the Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, and Phoenix Coyotes. The Washington Capitals, coming in at No. 1, are the only Eastern Conference team in the top seven.
The biggest jump -- and maybe surprise -- is from the Red Wings. They rank No. 2 this week, up from seven. Their post-Olympic 13-3-2 record is responsible for their resurgence in the rankings. Plagued by injuries and an early season goaltender issue, the Wings were in the middle of the pack for most of the season.
With the emergence of Jimmy Howard and a healthy lineup, they have put themselves in more than a decent position heading into the postseason.
The Hawks' three-game winning streak has restored some of their swagger but it wasn’t enough to jump more than three places.