Hawks slide three spots in power rankings

Another week gone by and yet again the Chicago Blackhawks languish in the middle of the pack in ESPN.com’s power rankings.

The Hawks fell from No. 10 to No. 13 after splitting games against the Detroit Red Wings and the Philadelphia Flyers over the weekend.

Beating the Red Wings on Saturday undoubtedly helped drop Detroit from No. 3 to No. 6, closing the gap for the surging Nashville Predators, who checked in at No. 7.

But the Hawks’ subsequent loss to Philadelphia on Sunday probably entrenched the Flyers as the No. 1 team as back-to-back weekend losses would have put a dent into the Flyers’ mystique. The Stars, Canucks, Lightning, and Penguins round out the top five.

Some other Central division foes aren’t making much headway in the rankings either. St. Louis is No. 22 and Columbus is No. 24.

Though the Hawks have played well lately, an extended run has eluded them this season. One good stretch and the Hawks, with their star-laden reputation, will vault up the standings, but it has yet to happen.