For the second week in a row, the St. Louis Blues are the top team in the ESPN NHL Power Rankings. This is the first time this season that a team has spent two consecutive weeks atop the poll, and it’s a testament to how well this team has played over the first month-plus of the season. Just because I was curious, I checked to see what Sports Nation thought of the Blues in their rankings, and they apparently are believers as well. The Blues had almost 12,000 more points than the second-place LA Kings, and they received exactly 1,005 more first-place votes than anyone else. Not too shabby, eh?
Unfortunately, the Blues are not holding down the top spot in the USA Today Rankings as they are two points behind the Kings for first place. LA is an impressive 10-3-0 on the season, but they have the same amount of points (20) as the Blues in one more game played, and the Blues got more first-place votes than the Kings. I am obviously biased, but the Blues are clearly playing the best hockey in the NHL right now. Not only that, but they are doing it with three defensemen out with injury and probably the youngest group of blueliners in the league. Let’s enjoy it while we can.