The St. Louis Blues are in the thick of a four-team race for the Central Division crown due in part to their success against Eastern Conference foes.
Facing the surging New Jersey Devils may provide one of their toughest tests yet.
New Jersey seeks its sixth straight victory Thursday night when it hosts St. Louis, which has earned 22 of a possible 24 points against the East this season.
Four of the five victories during the Devils' run have come against teams currently holding postseason spots in the conference. The steak began with a 4-3 shootout win over the East-leading New York Rangers on Jan. 31 and continued with a controversial 1-0 win over them Tuesday.
Martin Brodeur made 30 saves to earn his first shutout, though New York had the potential tying goal waved off in the final seconds.
David Clarkson's first-period goal on the power play held up.
"We played a great hockey game, right from the start," Brodeur said. "We said it would probably be a dirty 1-0 game that we wo...