Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 11/26/13
Last season Alexander Steen scored right goals in 40 games for the St. Louis Blues. This season he scored 19 in his first 23 games.Last season David Backes scored six goals in just six goals in 48 games. He already has 10 this season.This is why the Blues have risen to the top of the NHL’s power rankings. Their tight checking is no surprise, nor is their goaltending success with Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott.But their surprising offense – ranked second overall and first on the power play – makes them the league’s team to beat right now. Here is how the pecking order breaks down:ST. LOUIS BLUESGOOD NEWS: Alexander Steen actually went four games without scoring a goal. He fixed all that by scoring twice against Minnesota to get his career year back on schedule.BAD NEWS: Tough guy Ryan Reaves will miss at least six weeks after requiring surgical repairs on his fighting hand.BOTTOM LINE: Depth everywhere allows this team to grind out victories in the brutally competitive Western Conference.CHICAGO BLAC
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