Tarik El-Bashir assesses the top teams in the National Hockey League this week (March 9). Records are through Thursday’s games.
1 (4 last week): St. Louis Blues; 43-18-7 With three straight wins over San Jose, Chicago and Anaheim, they've assumed the top spot in the NHL standings for the first time this late in a season since 2000. During the winning streak, the Blues have scored 13 goals while yielding only three, lowering their league-leading goals against average to 1.87. No other team is below 2. Sarah Conard/AP
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