NHL power rankings: Blues muscle their way to the top
The Blues have muscled their way to the top of the power rankings on the strength of a 14-0-1 record against Central Division opponents.
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By The Iceman ComethYardbarker
The St. Louis Blues are playing the NHL's best hockey as the Olympic break neared. They won four of five games heading into the final week and they finish out with three more home games.
"If we don't bring our good game, we're going to have some sour feelings afterwards -- we've learned that lesson," Blues captain David Backes said. "We've got nothing to save it for. Some guys are flying across the world, but there's nothing to save it for. Go out there and leave it all out there."
Their 4-3 victory over Nashville left them 14-0-1 in the Central Division. They closed in on the Chicago Blackhawks, who were 9-8-3 in their first 20 division games.
That is how the Blues topped the slumping Anaheim Ducks in our weekly ratings. Here is how the pecking order shakes out:
BAD NEWS: Captain Ryan Callahan became tabloid fodder with his contract haggling. He is a pending free agent and GM Glen Sather threatened to trade him if he didn't sign a contract extension this week.
BOTTOM LINE: They won nine of 12 games heading into the final pre-Olympic week.