NHL Power Rankings 2011: St. Louis Blues Up To No. 8

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 21: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates his second period goal against the Colorado Avalanche with teammates Barret Jackman #5 and T.J. Oshie #74 of the St. Louis Blues at the Pepsi Center on December 21, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

St. Louis continues to climb the power rankings.

St. Louis continues to play well under Ken Hitchcock; the Blues have won three of five and are 6-2-2 in their previous 10 games. That streak is good enough to keep the team moving up the NHL power rankings. In Real Clear Sports' latest aggregate power rankings, the Blues check in at No. 8, up from No. 9 last week. As December began, the team was still outside the top 10.

CBS and ESPN ranked the Blues sixth in their respective power rankings, while The Hockey News had them down at No. 10.

St. Louis currently sits in third place in the Central and sixth place in the Western Conference. The team's next game is in Phoenix on Friday night.

For updates, stay tuned to SB Nation St. Louis. For more in-depth coverage of the Blues, head over to St. Louis Game Time. And for more news and notes from around the NHL, visit SB Nation's NHL news hub.

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