The Blues continued their season-long near-perfection against the Central Division on Thursday night.

They edged Nashville 2-1 at Bridgestone Arena, running their record to 16-0-1 against the division, including 14 straight victories.

That will be the focus in the season’s final stretch, as the Blues (90 points) look to stay ahead of No. 2 Chicago (88) and No. 3 Colorado (87). Also on Thursday, the Blackhawks won 6-1 over Columbus and the Avalanche, whom the Blues will see Saturday, escaped Detroit with a 3-2 overtime victory.

“Our goal was to lead the division at the Olympic break and we did that, and now the goal is to try to win the Presidents’ Trophy,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “What the heck, that’s important to us. It puts value in what’s left of these (20) games now and we want to take advantage of this. It’s important for our guys.”

Goalie Ryan Miller improved to 3-0 in his brief Blues’ career, stopping 20 of 21 shots by the Predators. In his three outings, Miller has seen a combined total of 63 shots and turned away 58.

The Blues’ goals Thursday belonged to Ian Cole and Magnus Paajarvi, supplying the scoring on a night when the offense finished with only 20 shots on goal and went 0 for 2 on the power play.

The Blues had won back-to-back decisions over Tampa Bay and Phoenix, but did so in come-from-behind fashion, erasing deficits of 2-0 in each game. But the club finally netted a first-period goal Thursday and held the lead against Nashville for about half the game.

In the second period, the Blues’ fourth line struck against the Predators’ No. 2 line, with Paajarvi handing the Blues a 2-1 lead with his sixth goal of the season and second in three games.