As we approach the start of the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Too Many Men On The Site will be taking a look at the teams that have qualified. Included will be stats, record, and why they will and will not win the Stanley Cup. Lets take a look at the St. Louis Blues.
St.Louis Blues- 1st. In the Central Division 111 points. (2nd best record in the NHL) *at the time of publishing
Leading Scorers, The Blues have five players over 50 points.
- Alexander Steen (33 G, 27 A, 60 points)
- T.J. Oshie (21 G, 39A, 60 points)
- David Backes (27 G, 30A, 57 points)
- Jaden Schwartz (24 G, 31 A, 55 points)
- Alex Pietrangelo (8 G, 43 A, 51 points)
Why They Will Win The Cup: Coming into the season the Blues were thought to be a contender to win the Stanley Cup. The Blues only added to the speculation at the trade deadline when they made move to acquire Ryan Miller, and Steve Ott from the Buffalo Sabres. The addition of Miller alone would have been enough to give the Blues an edge in the Western Conference, but Ott brings grit, and experience to an all ready experienced locker room. St. Louis has had little trouble getting through the Central Division going 21-4-2. However, the Pacific has proved to be a little more troubling (8-10-3).
It’s clear that the Blue have the scoring, and goaltending to win it all this season. They have 12 players over 20 points, and a solid defense that has only given up 1079 shots, an average of 13.66 shots a game. As if that wasn’t enough the Blue have the 4th best penalty kill, and the 6th best power play. Given the right bounces the Blues could hoist the cup this year.
Why They Will Not Win The Cup: The playoffs are a completely different animal, the Blues will not have the lower talent teams to feast off of, and while they had little trouble with the Central Division teams will not take as many risks. St. Louis has been here before, and their history in the playoffs could add pressure to what is all ready expected of them. Ryan Miller could also be a question mark. His playoff experience is not all that vast. Miller has only played in 45 playoff games, and has put up average numbers (.917 SV%, 2.47 GAA). His record is slightly above .500 (25-22). He will have the benefit of playing in front of a very stingy Blues team, but as Sabres fan know Miller sometimes gets lost in his head. I could see St. Louis getting through to the Conference finals, but the Stanley Cup Finals will take some luck.