The Edmonton Oilers are atop the Northwest Division thanks to their strong defense.
That defense also is starting to make plays in the offensive zone.
The surprising Oilers look to win five straight for the first time in nearly two years Sunday night when they host the St. Louis Blues.
Edmonton (6-2-2), which finished with an NHL-worst 62 points last season, extended its winning streak with a 3-1 victory over Colorado on Friday. Its next win will be No. 7 - a total the team didn't reach last season until Nov. 29, its 23rd game.
"We're happy, we're excited," said Devan Dubnyk, who had 40 saves Friday in his first start since Oct. 18. "We feel good with each other and the way we're playing, but nobody's getting too excited or too crazy about it. We're approaching it professionally."
The Oilers, whose last division title came 25 years ago, are seeking their first five-game winning streak since Dec. 3-11, 2009, and it seems likely Nikolai Khabibulin will be back in goal.