Week 6 NBA Power Rankings

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Week 6 NBA Power Rankings

By Tony Andracki & Mark Strotman

Each Monday throughout the regular season, Mark Strotman and Tony Andracki will rank all 30 NBA teams. Below are Week 5 Power Rankings. Think we're way off? Agree with our picks? Hit us up on Twitter at @BullsTalkCSN with comments or criticisms.
Past rankings: Preseason  Week 1  Week 2  Week 3  Week 4  Week 5

  Tony
 Mark Comments 1
 Tony: Hottest team in the league right now.
 Mark: Eight straight wins for the West's best home team.
 2
 Tony: Riding a five-game winning streak behind Parker.
 Mark: Imagine how good they'll be when Kawhi Leonard comes back.
 3
 Tony: Dominated the Heat, but couldn't run with the Bulls.
 Mark: Wade's shot coming back around, prompting LeBron to tell Barkley to "shut up."
 4
 Tony: Dynamic team, but a bit inconsistent to start.
Mark: Looked fantastic without Carmelo, but they're glad to have the early season MVP back. 
 5
 Tony: Would be the class of the West if not for OKCSA.
 Mark: Six straight wins, led by a red-hot Blake Griffin.
 6
 Tony: Wow, when did they become THE team in L.A.?
 Mark: December has been a rough stretch. 7
 Tony: Have won 8 of 10 to put them among NBA's best.
 Mark: Huge jump this week, but it's deserved. You can thank Steph Curry. 8
 Tony: Really looking like a playoff team.
 Mark: Love what Lou Williams is doing for a bench that needs scoring. 9
 Tony: Still clutching first place, but not by much.
 Mark: Have lost 3 of 5, but the talent is still there.
 10
 Tony: Need to find a way to win on the road.
 Mark: Andray Blatche puts up decent numbers, but they need Brook Lopez back.
 11
 Tony: If Holiday goes down, they're doomed.
 Mark: Joakim Noah is a dark horse for MVP the way he's playing on both ends so far.
 12
 Tony: Four-game losing streak bumps them down.
 Mark: Dead last in rebounds per game.
 13
 Tony: Have won three straight to climb over .500.
 Mark: Larry Sanders leads the NBA in blocks per game. Read that again.
 14
 Tony: HomeRoad splits are scary.
 Mark: Nash still 2 weeks away, which means L.A. is 2 weeks away from turning this around.
 15
 Tony: Not time to push panic button, but at least time to bring it out of storage.
 Mark: Won 4 of 5 to start December. 16
 Tony: Need to get their frontcourt rotation nailed down.
 Mark: Al Jefferson quietly putting together a monster season for the Jazz.
 17
 Tony: Just too inconsistent right now, but will be there in the end.
 Mark: Defense keeping them in the playoff hunt.
 18
 Tony: They're starting to get healthier, playoff push time?
 Mark: Ty Lawson picking things up lately.
 19
 Tony: Ninth out of 9 teams vying for playoff spots in the East.
 Mark: T-Wolves can't wait to get Rubio back, other 29 teams just fine waiting.
 20
 Tony: They can't even win when Lin puts up 38. Ouch.
 Mark: Omer Asik now hitting 17-footers in Houston. Convinced he was trolling Chicago.
 21
 Tony: See? Can't hack it when injuries hit because of lack of depth.
 Mark: They're winning games lately (3-of-5), but not playing anyone good (CLE, CHA, TOR).
 22
 Tony: Best of the worst in the East.
 Mark: Likely Lottery-bound, but this is an impressive turnaround led by Greg Monroe.
 23
 Tony: They have talent, but that's about it.
 Mark: Anthony Davis has the talent to turn the tides for the Pelicans Hornets.
 24
 Tony: Been better of late since their horrendous start.
 Mark: 3-2 on recent West roadtrip was nice to see. Still haven't played at home in Dec.
 25
 Tony: Getting Anthony Davis back. Eric Gordon on the horizon?
 Mark: Had won three in a row before loss in Dallas.
 26
 Tony: Have lost eight straight after their 7-5 start.
 Mark: Fast start was fun, but reality setting in fast on Mike Dunlap's group.
 27
 Tony: What are they doing with Marcin Gortat? Do they even know?
 Mark: Injuries just won't let this team play healthy together.
 28
 Tony: Kyrie coming back, but he can't do it alone.
 Mark: 5-5 at home, but just 2-11 away from Phoenix.
 29
 Tony: All the big offseason acquisitions haven't helped, huh?
 Mark: Still think Tristan Thompson has the skill set to be a star in the NBA.
 30
 Tony: Just flat-out awful. What is there to say?
 Mark: Injuries continue to decimate an already-shallow roster.

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The Blackhawks were finally getting healthy and now may be missing a key player once again. That depends on how Niklas Hjalmarsson feels after suffering an upper-body injury against the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.

It was certainly the toughest part of the Blackhawks' victory, a 6-3 triumph that has the Blackhawks closing in on the Wild. We'll see what the Hjalmarsson update is over the weekend. Until then, let's look at the notables from this one.

What Worked: The offense. We'll give an honorable mention to the penalty kill, which snuffed out all of the Coyotes' chances including a double minor that overlapped the second and third periods. But the offense was just buzzing again. Here's another shocker: the top line is still working just fine. The trio got things started with Nick Schmaltz's goal just 37 seconds into the game (Jonathan Toews and Richard Panik assisted). And much like in their meeting with the Coyotes earlier this month, the Blackhawks needed just about every bit of that offense. While we're on this topic...

What Didn't Work: The first-period defense. The Blackhawks looked like they were in good shape up 3-1 but then they gave up two goals within a minute late in the period. Michal Rozsival had a rough start in his first game since Jan. 15, but overall, the Blackhawks' defense through that first period looked discombobulated. Obviously, it didn't help that the Blackhawks lost Hjalmarsson during the first, either.

[RELATED: Patrick Kane nets hat trick as Blackhawks cruise past Coyotes]

Star of the game: Patrick Kane. One game after Jonathan Toews recorded a hat trick Kane did the same, scoring his 21st, 22nd and 23rd goals of the season. On a night in which the Blackhawks dressed 11 forwards and seven defensemen, Kane got a little extra playing time. His first goal came on a first-period shift with Ryan Hartman and Tanner Kero, the second off a long pass from Brent Seabrook and the third with his usual line mates.

He Said It: "I didn't play much before I got hurt, then I missed four weeks with my injury. It wasn't easy but definitely the way the team's playing now, it made it easier for me. It felt like the first game of the season for me but glad we got the victory and glad I was back playing. I enjoyed it." — Michal Rozsival on returning to the Blackhawks' lineup. 

By the Numbers: 

6 – Number of times, in their last eight games, the Blackhawks have scored five or more goals.

342 – Assists for Jonathan Toews, who tied Dennis Hull for 12th all-time in franchise history in that category.

35 – Combined points for the Blackhawks' top liners Jonathan Toews, Nick Schmaltz and Richard Panik in their nine games together. The breakdown in those nine games: Toews has 16 points, Panik 10 and Schmaltz nine.

1997 – The last time the Blackhawks had hat tricks in back-to-back regular-season games. Alexei Zhamnov and Eric Daze had them on April 11 and April 13, 1997, respectively.