Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/3/14

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Chris Pronger #20 of the Philadelphia Flyers skates against the Detroit Red Wings during preseason action at the Wachovia Center on September 22, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
No that is not a typo.  In the toughest division in hockey since the lockout (what division has had more Cup champions since then?), the Blues are in first.  I do not know the last time that the Blues were in first after a signifcant amount of the season past, but I would suggest that Chris Pronger was patroling the blueline when that last happened.  The Blues are 24-12-5 with 53 points, which is good for second in points behind the Vancouver Canucks (55).  It is true that both the Chicago Blackhawks (52) and the ever present Detroit Red Wings (51) are right behind, yet this is still a remarkable situation for the Blues.  They are in the thick of the playoff race.  Those of us who have watched the Blues these past years have been waiting for this to begin to happen.  The pieces have seemed to be in place, yet waiting for it to gel can be hard.  It is happening now.  Why?  Two main reasons in my view.  First, they have continued to be a very solid defensive team.  During their 4-0 vi...
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