The St. Louis Blues are the best team in the National Hockey League.
Hockey fans everywhere would probably disagree because of the team's surprisingly poor play as of late or the fact that the Blues don't even hold the top seed in the Western Conference.
Sure, that honor goes to the Presidents' Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks, but look at this season's total body of work and the adversity St. Louis has overcome in the past year, and it isn't so hard to like the mid-western franchise more.
A gritty style of play, two brick walls in net and finishing 49-22-11 has quickly put Ken Hitchcock's club right at the top of the NHL.
Here's a look at the five key reasons why St. Louis became the NHL's most interesting and surprisingly dominant team this season.