LOS ANGELES -- The Chicago Blackhawks took another nosedive in ESPN.com's weekly Power Rankings released on Monday.
The Hawks had climbed to as high as fifth, riding a four-game winning streak, but those positive vibes ended quickly as they dropped the next three games without Jonathan Toews in the lineup. The Hawks sit tenth in the Rankings as they hit the halfway point of their season.
At 20-17-3, they are still higher ranked than some teams with better records, undoubtedly getting the benefit of the doubt, due to injuries and defending Stanley Cup champion status.
The Hawks' nemesis, Vancouver, has taken over the top spot in the rankings, having lost just eight games in regulation. That tops in the league. Philadelphia, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Washington round out the top 5.
Despite the Hawks' rocky road they are still ranked higher than three other teams in the Central Division. The St. Louis Blues are right behind them at 11, Nashville is 18 and Columbus checks in at 22.
The Hawks take on the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. The Kings are just in front of the Hawks, ranked ninth, having lost three straight as well.