The Minnesota Wild have lost five in a row, and seven of their last eight -- but ESPN hasn't given up on them. They've dropped a few spots, but remain among the NHL elite in this week's ESPN Power Rankings. See where they landed as well as where the other 29 teams stack up this week.

ESPN's 2016 NHL Power Rankings: Week of March 20th

  1. Chicago Blackhawks
  2. Washington Capitals
  3. Pittsburgh Penguins
  4. Columbus Blue Jackets
  5. Minnesota Wild
  6. San Jose Sharks
  7. New York Rangers
  8. Montreal Canadiens
  9. Calgary Flames
  10. Ottawa Senators
  11. Boston Bruins
  12. Anaheim Ducks
  13. Edmonton Oilers
  14. St. Louis Blues
  15. Nashville Predators
  16. Toronto Maple Leafs
  17. Tampa Bay Lightning
  18. Los Angeles Kings
  19. New York Islanders
  20. Winnipeg Jets
  21. Philadelphia Flyers
  22. Florida Panthers
  23. Carolina Hurricanes
  24. Buffalo Sabres
  25. Detroit Red Wings
  26. Vancouver Canucks
  27. Dallas Stars
  28. New Jersey Devils
  29. Arizona Coyotes
  30. Colorado Avalanche

ESPN comments:

Forward Eric Staal has been important for the Wild both on and off the ice during his first season in Minnesota. The veteran -- who has found new life with the Wild and has 24 goals and 30 assists for 54 points in 71 games -- recently played in his 1,000th NHL game.

The biggest risers of the week are the Montreal Canadiens and Calgary Flames, each jumping four spots. The biggest drop of the week belongs to the Nashville Predators, plunging six spots from #8 to #14.

The Wild host the San Jose Sharks tonight (3/21) at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.  

Let's Go Wild!

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