2014 St. Louis Blues Season Preview
The St. Louis Blues had a solid season in 2013. They finished 52-23 and were 1 point away from a Central Division crown. The Blues then proceeded to go up 2-0 on the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, before losing 4 straight to end their season for a second year in a row. But there is much reason for Blues fans to be hopeful coming into 2014. St. Louis has one of the deepest teams in the NHL. Gone from last year are Ryan Miller, Roman Polak, and Brenden Morrow. Look for young goaltender Jake Allen to take the next step in 2014 and move into the Blues starting goaltender position at some point in the season. David Backes returns as captain and the star by committee approach of the Blues is rounded out with T.J. Oshie, Alexander Steen, and Alex Pietrangelo. St. Louis hopes that the addition of Paul Stastny helps the team make the next step and move further in the NHL playoffs.
2013 St. Louis Blues Season Preview
The Blues are looking for answers as to what went wrong last season after racking up 109 points the season before. They lost in six games to the Kings in the first round, lucky to make it to the playoffs after a bad start to the season. Blues fans were left perplexed as to why David Perron was traded in the offseason, but the contract was too much for their liking and they got back Magnus Paajarvi in the process, as well as picking up Derek Roy, Keith Aucoin and Brenden Morrow – the latter of which has plenty of ties to the current Blues leadership. The Blues have big home games in the month of December against the Maple Leafs, Canadiens and defending-champion Blackhawks, before ending the season with two road contest in Dallas and Minnesota. The middle of January is not kind to them either, going to the Joe to take on Detroit before heading to the east coast for games against the Devils, Rangers and Islanders.
2012 St. Louis Blues Season Preview
This is a mismatch at first glance, but if San Jose can find a way to crack Ken Hitchcock’s defense there might be some room for the Sharks to get past the Blues. With Dany Heatley shipped off to Minnesota and Jamie McGinn to Colorado, San Jose will look to new additions Daniel Winnik and Martin Havlat for some more punch in the offense. They’ll need to top a solid core of Blues that includes Jamie Langenbrunner and Jason Arnott, who were once traded for each other and have six combined championships.
2011 St. Louis Blues Season Preview
The Blues’ 2010-11 season fitted their name, with a dazzling start that began to sputter once their players started to get injured by the bunch. Specifically, Roman Polak, T.J. Oshie and David Perron were the Blues players whose absences created a big hole that they weren’t able to overcome. Luckily, the three are now healthy (even Perron, who suffered a concussion in the pre-season) and are looking to make a move in the Western Conference. To hopefully not fall victim to last year’s maladies, the team brought in depth in the forms of Jason Arnott, Jamie Langenbrunner, Kent Huskins and Scott Nichol. This leads the way for Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Stewart, who were obtained last season, to finally break through and keep St. Louis on the lips of the NHL fans in 2011-12.
2010 St. Louis Blues Season Preview
After the St. Louis Blues made the playoffs two years ago, they entered last season with higher expectations. Unfortunately for Blues fans, the team fell well short and ended up missing the playoffs. After a coaching change and the retirement of veteran Paul Kariya, St. Louis is looking to rely on its young talent to provide them with a return to the postseason. The offense will be anchored by a pair of inexperienced players, David Perron and Andy McDonald. Both had solid years last season, especially McDonald, who led the team in both goals and assists with 24 and 33, respectively. Perron has the ability to be a reliable scorer, and will be joined by a pair of others with great potential in T.J. Oshie and Alex Steen, both of whom had more than 45 points last year. Defensively, the Blues have a pair of stalwart defenders in Barret Jackson and Roman Polak. The two spent a lot of time playing together last season and should be reliable on the back line. Perhaps their biggest strength on defense, however, will be the goaltending of Jaroslav Halak. The Blues acquired him in a trade with the Canadiens this offseason, and if Halak is as good as he was in the playoffs last year, St. Louis will have one of the best netminders in the NHL.
2009 St. Louis Blues Season Preview
Fans of the St. Louis Blues have to like what they see as the team enters the 2009-2010 NHL season. The Blues made the playoffs last season and captain Eric Brewer should have enough firepower behind him to get them into the 2010 postseason. St. Louis Head Coach Andy Murray needs to steer his team through an uber-competitive Central division, but if he can then the Blues should be in good shape come playoff time.