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Blues take over top spot in NHL

Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:43 pm
BluesBy: Adam Gretz

One of the most incredible stories of the NHL has seen has been the rapid development of the St. Louis Blues, especially since Ken Hitchcock took over for Davis Payne behind the bench earlier in the year.

Thanks to their 3-1 win over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night, combined with the New York Rangers 3-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators, the Blues took over sole possession of the top spot in the NHL standings with 93 points, and it's not a stretch to say that nobody saw them coming at any point this season.

Entering this season there weren't many expectations for the Blues, and they had made the playoffs just once in the previous six years, getting swept in the first round of the 2008-09 season by the Vancouver Canucks. And now they're in a position to be contending for the Presidents Trophy (which goes to the team with the best record at the end of the regular season), something they've won just one other team in their existence, taking it during the 1999-00 season.

In recent years the Blues have had a pretty strong collection of young talent, and this season everything has come together for them and they've been, by far, the best defensive team in the NHL, allowing fewer than two goals per game. Entering Thursday's game the Blues had allowed just 1.88 goals per game on the season. Since the start of the 2000-01 season, no team has finished a full season allowing fewer than two goals per game.

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Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 6:40 am

Blues take over top spot in NHL

Being a long time Blues fan, this is fun.  The Blues are coming up on another road stretch and if they perform any where close as they did on the last road trip, they will totally convince me that they are real.  But what is interesting about the Blues, they are getting better as the season continues.  The power play is starting to score goals on a regular basis, which they really lacked for over half the season.  What I like about Hitchcock, he has a young team and he is not letting them get a head of themselves.  He keeps focusing on what needs improvement in a positive way.  But it is nice to have good Hockey, once again in St Louis.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:57 am

Blues take over top spot in NHL

And the one loss on the last trip to Vancouver was 0-0 late in the 3rd, lucky goal for Vancouver then an EN goal.  Very easily could have bounced the Blues way as well to give them a perfect trip.  

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:55 am

Blues take over top spot in NHL

hockeybob at least u acknowledge that the blues are not a underdog and a favorite to win the stanely cup. the blues have been flirting w/ the top record in the league now for a while. so to answer your question  on how this team preforms when not the underdog? look no further than the 7 game road trip the blues just completed. SEVEN GAMES ON THE ROAD and going 6-1. in case u have been living in a cave hockeybob, the blues havent been underdogs for months and have played GREAT! to be #1 in the NHL doesnt happen overnight bob...dont be a fool!

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:32 am

Blues take over top spot in NHL

C'mon Bob... Give credit where credit is due. They are starting to show real maturity. I don't see a couple points changing them, or their approach to the game. Coach Hitchcock won't let them loose the focus they have developed since he took over. Are they truly the best team in the NHL? Probably not. Do they have the most talent? Probably not. Do they play flawless hockey? Nope. But what the do well is play as a team all headed in the same direction, with determination, and spirit. The Blues are growing up, and I think there are quite a few teams in the West that are sorry to see the little boys of the Central Division get past that "awkward teenager" stage they were stuck in for a few years.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:45 pm

Blues take over top spot in NHL

This team is dangerous and I think thst no one wants to face the Blues in the playoffs. We all know a team can get hot come playoff time and ride a hot goaltender to the Cup finals. Hopefully this Blues team is not peaking too early. I believe Coach Hitchcock will keep his guys focused on the prize.
This team has looked as strong as the great Detroit teams of the past 15 years. They are out hustling and out muscling their opponents. I hope the Blues keep their focus until well into June.   

Since: Jul 1, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:33 pm

Blues take over top spot in NHL

And now things really get interesting.  

Once a team loses the "underdog" card, things change.  We'll see how this team adjusts.   

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