St. Louis Blues heating up at right time

Updated: April 12, 2013, 12:35 PM ET
By Craig Custance

We'll cut straight to the point and get to your letters, but please be sure to check out the latest news and my follow-up blog on the You Can Play Project, which marks a big stride toward fighting homophobia in sports.

Now, on to the Friday mailbag:

Craig, what do you make of the Blues' recent winning streak? Sign of peaking at the right time?
Kody, St. Louis

Kody, absolutely. I asked Alex Pietrangelo essentially the same question earlier this week, and he said the team is finally back to playing the brand of hockey that earned it all the success last season.

"Starting in Minny, it's the way we wanted to play all year. It's tough hockey, it's not always pretty, but we're getting the job done," he said. "The biggest thing for us is not worrying about who is on the score sheet. We're having guys on four lines contributing and on the back end. That's where we're at our best."

I also loved the additions of Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold, a couple guys who can skate the Blues out of trouble. I'd put the pair of Bouwmeester and Pietrangelo in the same class as Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook out west. And of course, you can't overlook Brian Elliott. It took him a while to regain his form, but he's back. I'd want no part of the Blues in the playoffs.