No. 5: St. Louis Blues
Season record: 13-7-3 (29 points)
Scoring machine Vladimir Tarasenko notched his 19th career game-winning goal Monday night as the St. Louis Blues beat the Dallas Stars 4-3 in overtime. The Blues have won two straight games and crept within four points of the Blackhawks at the top of the Central Division.
Without Troy Brouwer and David Backes this year, the Blues have a minus-1 goal differential, but goalie Jake Allen has proved to be a worthy successor to Brian Elliott, posting a stunning record of 11-3-3.
The Blues have the best home record in the Western Conference, going 10-1-2 at Scottrade Center.