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St. Louis Blues Dominating Central Division at Record-Setting Pace

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 17:  David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues celebrates his goal with teammates during an NHL game against the Winnipeg Jets on March 17, 2014 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMarch 18, 2014

The St. Louis Blues have exhibited an unprecedented level of dominance in the Central Division this season, with a 20-0-2 record against divisional foes. At one point, the Blues won 15 consecutive games against the other Central Division teams, setting a record for the longest single-season intradivision winning streak in NHL history, per the Elias Sports Bureau via ESPN Stats & Info.

That streak came to an end in a March 11 overtime loss to the Dallas Stars, but the Blues remain unbeaten in regulation within the division, and they've picked up right where they left off. Since that disappointing OT loss, St. Louis has bounced back with an impressive pair of Central Division wins, beating the Nashville Predators by a score of 4-1 on Saturday and the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 3-1 on Monday.

Despite leading the NHL with 101 points, the Blues will face an uphill battle to maintain their season-long point streak within the division. Wednesday brings a home matchup against the Chicago Blackhawks, reigning Stanley Cup champions and owners of a 39-15-14 record and plus-52 goal differential.

If they get by the Blackhawks on Wednesday, St. Louis will have six divisional games remaining, with two apiece against the Stars and Minnesota Wild, plus a road game in Chicago and a home contest against the Colorado Avalanche. All four of the aforementioned opponents are currently positioned to make the playoffs, as the Central Division is undeniably the NHL's best this season.

The strength of the division makes the Blues' feat all the more impressive, but it also highlights the reality that the Stanley Cup playoffs will be brutal. With quality teams like Minnesota and Dallas vying for the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds, even the Blues are in danger of being handed an unceremonious first-round exit.

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