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Hawks move up in Power Rankings

Despite a shaky week, the Chicago Blackhawks are up five spots to No. 13 in ESPN.com's weekly Power Rankings.

Earning a three-point weekend undoubtedly helped their cause. At 9-9-2 through a quarter of the season, mid-pack in the NHL rankings sounds about right.

The Detroit Red Wings continue to hover near the top as they have all season, but the St. Louis Blues took a nose dive as injuries have started to affect their play. The Blues are down from the No. 1 spot in the rankings to No. 8. The Wings are No. 2. So who takes over the top spot?

That would be the Los Angeles Kings, who have been on a roll while getting all-world defenseman Drew Doughty back from a concussion. The Kings are 12-3, winners of six in a row.

There has been no Stanley Cup finals hangover for the Philadelphia Flyers, who come in at No. 3 while Vancouver and Washington round out the top five.

At least the Hawks can say they have moved past the Columbus Blue Jackets (No. 15), but the Nashville Predators jumped 11 spots after wins over St.Louis and Chicago to land back in the top 10.

Another obstacle still facing the Hawks is the schedule. They have played five more games than all the other teams in their division, and if their play doesn’t improve they could get past up by all of them when the games even out. As is, they sit third in the Central.

It’s been an up and down season for Chicago, and it’s reflected in the power rankings. One week they’re a top-10 team, the next they’re lucky if they’re in the teens.

And a six-game road trip looms.