With their defense and special teams leading the way, the St. Louis Blues have surged to the top of the Western Conference standings and are in contention for the second Presidents' Trophy in team history.
The Blues will try to continue that success during a home-and-home set that begins Saturday night against the surging Columbus Blue Jackets, who likely won't have starting goaltender Steve Mason available.
St. Louis (43-18-7) has allowed two goals or fewer over eight straight games and has won seven of those. That stretch has vaulted the Blues to a one-point lead over Vancouver in the West.
"It's always nice to look at the standings when you are first," goaltender Jaroslav Halak said. "More fun that way. This was important for us."
St. Louis is also vying with the Canucks and New York Rangers among others for the best record in the league. The Blues won their only Presidents' Trophy in 1999-00.
Halak has recorded all seven of those wins for...