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Over five decades of frustration were erased in one fell swoop last year when the St. Louis Blues finally won the Stanley Cup. The Blues knocked off the team that had defeated them in the 1970 Stanley Cup Finals, the Boston Bruins, beating Boston in a thrilling seven game series. St. Louis is among the favorites to win it all once again. Vladimir Tarasenko, Jordan Binnington, and most of the stars of last year’s title winning team are back for one more run, but it will be tough in the crowded Central Division.
St. Louis Blues at a Glance
Stanley Cup Odds: +1100
Western Conference Odds: +485
Craig Berube did an excellent job of turning St. Louis around after Mike Yeo was fired following an underwhelming start. The Blues went 38-19-6 in the regular season under Berube, and his decision to replace the struggling Jake Allen with rookie Jordan Binnington paid huge dividends. Binnington posted a brilliant 24-5-1 record as St. Louis’ netminder with a brilliant .927 save percentage and a 1.89 GAA.
Ryan O’Reilly and Jaden Schwartz came up big for the Blues in the postseason. O’Reilly tallied a team-high 23 points, and Schwartz tallied 12 goals in the playoffs. Captain Alex Pietrangelo had a big postseason too, and his two-way play was instrumental to St. Louis’ success.
St. Louis Blues NHL Playoffs
The Blues continued to thrive under the watchful eye of Berube this season, posting a 42-19-10 record on their way to first place in the Western Conference at the time the regular season came to an end. Unfortunately, St. Louis will not have the benefit of home ice advantage or potentially even the No. 1 seed, as the Blues will face division rivals Colorado and Dallas along with Vegas to determine the top four seeds in the Western Conference Playoffs.
Jordan Binnington continues to be unflappable in net for St. Louis. While the young goaltender hasn’t posted the same incredible numbers he did during the Stanley Cup run last year, he has been solid with a 30-13-7 record and a 2.56 GAA with a .912 save percentage. Veteran Jake Allen has shined in reserve duty too, accumulating a 12-6-3 record to go alongside a 2.15 GAA and a .927 save percentage.
Ryan O’Reilly led the Blues in scoring with 61 points on the season, but five different players had more than 50 points. Brayden Schenn, Jaden Schwartz, David Perron, and Alex Pietrangelo all looked sharp and helped make this one of the better power plays in the league.
There is great news on the horizon too as Vladimir Tarasenko has been cleared to return. Tarasenko only played ten games before a shoulder injury shut him down, but he has recovered during his long absence and could be the difference maker this team needs to repeat as champions.
Last Five Seasons
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||Won Stanley Cup
||Lost Second Round
||Lost Second Round
||Lost Second Round
St. Louis Blues History
The Blues were part of the 1967 Great Expansion when the NHL doubled from six to 12 teams. In the early years, they were the model expansion franchise with three straight appearances in the Stanley Cup Finals and record setting attendance. However, the Blues inability to win it all nearly led to the franchise leaving St. Louis. Bill Hunter bought the team and planned on moving the Blues to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1983, but the NHL Board of Governors vetoed the sale leading to an extended legal battle.
Despite the drama off the ice, the Blues continued to succeed on the ice. St. Louis made 25 straight playoff appearances from 1980 to 2004, but the tough luck franchise never made it further than the Western Conference Finals. They were bounced in the first or second round in 23 of those 25 postseason trips although they had talented players like Doug Gilmour and Brett Hull.
The fans were rewarded for their perseverance in the 2018-19 season. St. Louis was tested in every series, but the Blues proved to be road warriors. They went 10-3 on the road to lift the first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
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