According to NHL.com writer Dave Lozo, the Blues recent 5-1 road trip has helped them maintain their spot at No. 2 in the latest NHL.com Power Rankings.
As of Monday afternoon, the Blues were first in the Central Division through 66 games with a 41-18-7 record (89 points).
The Blues rank third overall in League standings, just two points behind the New York Rangers, who lead all teams with 91 points.
The NHL.com Power Ranking Chart for the week ending March 4 is listed below.
|RANK ||TEAM (RECORD) ||LAST WEEK ||COMMENTARY |
|1 ||N.Y. Rangers (42-15-7) ||4 ||In a strange coincidence, the Rangers earned their 91st point against the Bruins on Sunday; last season, they earned their 91st point against the Bruins, only it was on April 4 in Game 80. |
|2 ||St. Louis (41-18-7) ||2 ||Winners of four of their last five, the Blues are on pace for 111 points. It would be three short of the franchise record set in 1999-2000, when the Blues won the Presidents' Trophy but lost in the first round of the playoffs. |
|3 ||Pittsburgh (38-21-5) ||7 || |Jordan Staal
has 33 points in 44 games, the best points-per-game average of his career. If not for a knee injury that cost him 15 games, his season would be garnering more attention.
|4 ||Vancouver (41-17-8) ||1 ||The Canucks have dropped three of four, but have picked up points in three of four. They have earned at least a point in 18 of their last 20 games. |
|5 ||Nashville (38-20-7) ||5 ||Since acquiring Hal Gill, the Preds are 5-1-1. In two games with the club, Andrei Kostitsyn has a goal and an assist, andPaul Gaustad had an assist, and won 15-of-22 faceoffs in his one game. |
|6 ||Detroit (43-20-3) |
|6 || |
The Red Wings clearly are not the same team with Nicklas Lidstrom
and Pavel Datsyuk
out, but what team would be? If the lower-body injury Jimmy Howard
suffered Sunday is serious, then there could be problems.
|7 ||Philadelphia (36-21-7) ||10 || |
Is Ilya Bryzgalov
figuring it out? In his last three starts, the enigmatic goaltender has stopped 77 of 81 shots for a .951 save percentage.
|8 ||Chicago (26-24-7) ||12 || |
The streakiness of the Blackhawks is fascinating. Since Jan. 15, they have won three straight, lost nine straight, won four straight, lost three straight, and won three straight.
|9 ||Phoenix (33-23-9) ||3 ||After a near-perfect February, the air has come out of the balloon with two straight losses to open March. The Coyotes are just three points clear of ninth in the West. |
|10 ||Dallas (35-26-5) ||15 ||The Stars are 6-0-1 in their last seven. In Kari Lehtonen's last six games, he is 5-0-1 with a 1.48 goals-against average and .949 save percentage. |
|11 ||Buffalo (30-27-8) ||NR ||Here's yet another team on a 6-0-1 run. It's also mostly been about the goaltender, as Ryan Miller has allowed just 10 goals in that stretch and posted two shutouts. |
|12 ||Boston (38-28-3) ||8 ||The Bruins can look dominant at times and pedestrian at others. It's a big reason why they haven't strung together consecutive victories since Jan. 10-12. |
|13 ||Tampa Bay (31-28-6) ||NR || |
For weeks, it looked like no one wanted the No. 8 spot in the East. Winners of four straight and seven of nine, the Lightning are two points out with a game in hand.
|14 ||Ottawa (34-25-8) ||11 ||With Craig Anderson out, rookie goaltender Robin Lehnerhas held the fort. He lost back-to-back games this weekend, but he's posted a 2.02 GAA and .938 save percentage. |
|15 ||Los Angeles (30-23-12) ||NR || |
They've won back-to-back games for the first time since winning the two games that bridged the All-Star break. They've won three of four and are three points back of the lead in the Pacific.
|16 ||Winnipeg (31-27-8) ||16 ||As rough as the 5-3 loss to the Oilers was, the 7-0 shellacking of the Southeast-leading Panthers three nights later was even more impressive. They have a big game with the Sabres at home Monday. |