With their defense and special teams leading the way, the red-hot St. Louis Blues are nearing their first division title since 2000.
While the Blues have been superb lately, trips to Chicago usually haven't brought out their best.
St. Louis will try to add to its season-high win streak Tuesday night by snapping a five-game road skid to the Blackhawks, who likely won't have captain Jonathan Toews available.
The Blues (45-18-7) have allowed two goals or fewer in every game during a 9-1-0 stretch, the longest such streak in the NHL this season. They've given up only one in each of their five consecutive wins and killed off 47 straight penalties, including a season-high eight during a 2-1 win in Columbus on Sunday.
Jaroslav Halak made 26 of his 33 saves over the final two periods to preserve that victory, his career-best eighth in a row.
"A win is a win. It wasn't pretty," Halak said following the opener of a season-high, seven-game trip. "We didn't play our game for 60 minutes, bu...