Jan 8, 2010; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Rangers center Artem Anisimov (42) pressures St. Louis Blues center Alexander Steen (20) during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Rangers defeated the Blues 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE

Blues Vie For President's Trophy

The Blues lead the NHL with 97 points with just 12 games left on their schedule that concludes on April 7th. By winning 9 of their last 10 (9-1-0), the Blues have elevated to the top of the Central Division and Western Conference, as both the Canucks and Red Wings fell into mini-slumps.

It seems that the biggest challenge to the Blues appears to be the New York Rangers, who have had a hold on the Eastern Conference since the New Year. However, the Rangers have also hit a rough patch of late, losing 4 of their past 6 (2-3-1). A dark house contender for the President’s cup is the Pittsburgh Penguins, who have won 9 straight games and 12 of their past 14 (12-2-0). With leading MVP candidate Evgeni Malkin and the possible return of Sidney Crosby, the Penguins look like a dangerous team that is getting hot at exactly the right time.

St. Louis, with a four point lead in the NHL standings with two extra games played, are looking to win their first President’s Trophy since 1999-2000. The Blues upcoming schedule won’t help the cause, as St. Louis plays 9 of their final 12 games against teams with winning records, 8 of which are away from home. It is imperative that the Blues get off to a good start on their eight game road trip Tuesday against the Blackhawks, who are currently 6th in the Western Conference.

Predicted Final NHL Standings:

1. St. Louis Blues, 2. NY Rangers, 3. Pittsburgh Penguins, 4. Vancouver Canucks, 5. Detroit Red Wings 

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Tags: Chicago Blackhawks Detroit Red Wings Evgeni Malkin New York Rangers Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby St. Louis Blues Vancouver Canucks

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