Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/15/14
The St. Louis Blues have relied on their stingy defense to surge to the top of the Western Conference standings. A home matchup with the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night might help them continue that success in their own end and add to that slim lead in the West. St. Louis (42-18-7) is giving up only 1.88 goals per contest overall and has yielded two or fewer in each game over a 6-1-0 stretch. A 5-1 rout of visiting Chicago on Tuesday and Vancouver's loss to Dallas gave the Blues a one-point lead over the Canucks in the West. "It's exciting, but we realize there's a lot of hard work left," said center Andy McDonald, who scored a pair of goals and has five over the past four games. "Most importantly, we've got to make sure that we're getting our game ready for the playoffs." The Blues, whose 91 points are also tied for the most in the NHL with the New York Rangers, killed off five Blackhawks power plays to extend their streak to 32. Jaroslav Halak made 19 saves during his sixth co...
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