The St. Louis Blues had another inconspicuous early playoff loss…when will they get it together? How about this year? Read on to find out if there’s value with them on the NHL odds.
What Went Wrong Last Season?
Their scoring dipped in the postseason and their goaltending failed. For a second straight postseason, the Blues saw these issues crop up and that’s what sunk them. To think, they were up 2-0 on the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs and then didn’t win another game. The Blues finished the postseason 14th in scoring (2.33 goals per game) and 12th in goals allowed (3.33 per game). That’s a huge difference for a team that was 3rd in goals allowed in the regular season (2.29) and 6th in scoring (2.91). That needs to change.
With those issues in mind, the Blues realized they don’t need to invest a lot money into a goaltender since they’re not producing. That’s why they let Ryan Miller walk in free agency and instead spent that money on Paul Stastny. Stastny had 10 points in 10 playoff games last season and that’s likely a reason the Blues picked him up.
With Miller gone, the team will rely on Brian Elliott and Jake Allen to do the job. As mentioned, Miller wasn’t a savior in the playoffs anyways, so it’s not likely that Elliott and Allen are any worse.
Other than that, the Blues are pretty much the same team. There’s not much broken with them; they finished with 111 points, which was fourth-most in the NHL. They’ll be a Stanley Cup contender in the 2014-15 season but they need their scorers to do more in the playoffs.
The Blues are going to get it together and this could be their year. If Allen or Elliott step up and the Blues scoring gets it together, there’s no reason why this team can’t win the Stanley Cup. They’ve been building towards this for years. It’s early but they’re my NHL pick for now.
NHL Pick: Win Stanley Cup