NHL Power Rankings 2011: Chicago Blackhawks Still Climbing

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 21: Tomas Plekanec #14 of the Montreal Canadiens hops over Jonathan Toews #19 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on December 21, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Canadiens 5-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chicago has established itself among the league's elite.

The Chicago Blackhawks have won four of their last five games and continue to sit at the top of the standings in both the Central division and the Western Conference. While they've had some issues with goaltending, they lead the Western Conference in goals scored. They're 8-1-1 in their last ten, which has them on the move in the NHL power rankings again this week. In Real Clear Sports' aggregate rankings, culled from the power rankings done by seven major media outlets, the Blackhawks check in at No. 2, right behind Boston.

ESPN ranked Chicago No. 1 this week, while three outlets put the team at No. 2. TSN in Canada was the least bullish on the Blackhawks, placing them at No. 5.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more in-depth coverage of the Blackhawks, visit Second City Hockey. And for more from around the NHL, head over to SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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