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St. Louis Blues 2024 Stanley Cup Odds

St. Louis Blues 2024 Stanley Cup Odds

Since their 2019 Stanley Cup championship, the St. Louis Blues have been in a steady decline. Coach Craig Berube, who took the Blues from worst to first in a few months in that epic championship run, was fired on December 12 after a 13-14-1 start. Drew Bannister was called up from the minor leagues to serve as interim coach, with improved results but a long way to go. While the Blues likely needed a new voice, Bannister will be hard-pressed to produce a playoff spot. Still, the Blues were in a three-way fight with the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators for the final wild card spot. The question remains if Bannister’s surge can be sustained in the dog days of February and March.

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At the approach of the All-Star Break, the St. Louis Blues are 24-20-2 straight up and 15-23-3 over/under the total. Also, St. Louis is 3rd in the Western Conference wild card playoff standings. St. Louis is three points behind the Nashville Predators in the Western Conference wild card playoff race. Late on, St. Louis has covered six out of their last ten games. While the Blues have gone under the total in one of its previous seven matchups. St. Louis has NHL rankings of 26th for goals scored and 29th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Blues have NHL rankings of 18th for goals against and 21st for penalty killing.

The Blues have metrics that are indicative of a mediocre team with no real strengths. The goaltending has been adequate while covering for an inconsistent defense corps. Of great concern is that the Blues lack a marquee man finisher.

St. Louis Blues Key Players

C Robert Thomas led the Blues with 16 goals, 33 assists, 49 points, and a +13 in his first 46 games of the season. Thomas was the 20th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft by the Blues. His NHL career began in St. Louis in 2018-19, and he was a role player in the Stanley Cup championship. Thomas represents the future of the Blues, as he is likely to man a new franchise marquee. Thomas is a 2024 NHL All-Star.

LW Pavel Buchnevich scored 14 goals with 20 assists, 234 points, and a +6 in his first 44 games. Buchnevich broke into the NHL with the New York Rangers in 2017-18 and has been with the Blues since 2021-22. In 437 career games, he has 135 goals, 203 assists, and 338 points.

St. Louis Blues Goaltenders

Number one goaltender Jordan Binnington has been inconsistent since coming out of nowhere to backstop the Blues' Stanley Cup championship run as a career minor leaguer. Binnington had a .906 save percentage and 2.98 goals against average in his first 33 games. Binnington has never come close to matching his .927 save percentage in 2018-19. Last year, Binnington was subpar with a poor .894 save percentage.

St. Louis Blues Head Coach

Head coach Drew Bannister was a minor league coach for the Blues before being called up for his first NHL HC gig on December 12, 2023.

Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)

2022–23 82 37 38 6th, Central Did not qualify
2021–22 82 49 22 3rd, Central Lost in Second Round, 2–4 (Avalanche)
2020–21 56 27 20 4th, West Lost in First Round, 0–4 (Avalanche)
2019–20 71 42 19 1st, Central Lost in First Round, 2–4 (Canucks)
2018–19 82 45 28 3rd, Central Stanley Cup Champions, 4–3 (Bruins)
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St. Louis Blues History

The St. Louis Blues were part of the NHL 1967 “Great Expansion” when the league doubled from 6 to 12 teams. The Blues made the Stanley Cup Final in their first three seasons by winning the “West” Division comprised of the six expansion teams. As a result, the Blues started leading the entire NHL in attendance for most of their first decade of existence. St. Louis finally won its first Stanley Cup in 2019, which set off a celebration that matched anything the baseball Cardinals ever had.

Now, St. Louis is firmly established as one of the great legacy franchises in the NHL. Past marquee men of the Blues include Jacques Plante, Glenn Hall, Red Berenson, brothers Bob and Barclay Plager, and Brett Hull. Hull’s arrival jumpstarted a franchise mired in mediocrity and the Blues have had a big league feel ever since.

St. Louis has found a combination of stability and consistency with chairman Tom Stillman and general manager Doug Armstrong. Armstrong has done a masterful job of keeping the team a contender while navigating the salary cap and free agency challenges. Most important of all, Armstrong delivered the Stanley Cup banner that had painfully eluded this franchise.

The Stanley Cup championship was the final piece of the credibility puzzle for the Blues. The franchise has always had a large, passionate, and generational fan base. Tradition and history have been a leading part of the franchise’s culture from the start. But now that a Stanley Cup championship banner hangs from the rafters, a long-sought legitimacy is complete.

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