The St. Louis Blues Are Way Better Than Believed Thus Far in Season

Doug Upstone

Thursday, November 2, 2017 1:14 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 1:14 PM UTC

For the past several seasons, the expectations for the St. Louis Blues were basically the same. Sportsbooks set a season points total of around 95 points and they quickly disappear in the playoffs. Ho-hum.

Coming into this year, more of the same was anticipated from St. Louis despite finishing 22-8-2 when Mike Yeo was given the coaching reins after a mid-year switch in the 2016-17 season and taking Western Conference champion Nashville to six games in the second round.

However, the Blues have fooled everyone, and as of the start of November they are the top bet for NHL picks at +7.7 units, thanks to a 10-3 SU record.

What did most of us miss about St. Louis coming into the season that has led them to defying the NHL odds? Actually, the start was unexpected, because the Blues were thought to be singing the blues with all sorts of defensive injuries. In spite of this, for years there had been the "St. Louis Way" to play defense and they begin the month No. 2 in fewest goals allowed.

When the Blues were struggling on offense last season, Yeo stepped and installed a more up-tempo style, and the players immediately responded. That has carried over to this year with more additions.

We knew Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Pietrangelo would get their points, but Jaden Schwartz has quickly fit in and with scoring as high as its been in decades, St. Louis having a Top 10 scoring offense to go with its defense, makes the Blues Play On material for the time being.

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