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Jake Allen In The Spotlight For The St. Louis Blues

from Jared Clinton of The Hockey News,

Given the roster the Blues have been able to assemble throughout the summer, too, some projections have St. Louis safely in the post-season, if not as one of the Central Division and Western Conference’s top contenders. That isn’t without reason, either.

On paper, the Blues have the out-and-out scoring talent to be a threat on a nightly basis. In Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, not to mention O’Reilly and Perron, there should be more than enough pure offense to run with the best and brightest in the league. And defensively, the Blues have assembled a solid group. Captain Alex Pietrangelo and young stalwart Colton Parayko give St. Louis one heck of a one-two punch on its top two pairings, and there’s enough depth — be it Joel Edmundson, Vince Dunn or veteran Jay Bouwmeester — that the Blues need not worry about defensive deficiencies.

But as St. Louis aims for a return to post-season play, it’s not Tarasenko or O’Reilly or Pietrangelo or Parayko who stand to make or break the coming campaign. We know what to expect from all four, and chances are each will either meet or exceed expectations. It’s not even Schwartz or Schenn or Bozak or Maroon who hold the key to St. Louis’ playoff return. Rather, that responsibility falls on the shoulders of No. 1 netminder Jake Allen, who enters the 2018-19 season with considerable pressure to ensure the Blues make good on a truly successful summer.

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A One-Year Contract For Patrick Maroon In St. Louis

ST. LOUIS - Pat Maroon is coming home.

The 30-year-old free agent signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract to join his hometown St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.

Maroon, who grew up in Oakville and once played for the St. Louis Bandits of the North American Hockey League, has played in seven NHL seasons, including stints with the Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils.

"We're excited to add Pat Maroon to our group," Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said. "Things picked up over the last few days, and last night about 10:30 p.m. I got a call from him and his representative saying they'd like to be part of the St. Louis Blues."

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Summer Shopping Spree For The St. Louis Blues

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

You could argue that the Blues overspent in free agency to regain winger David Perron (four years, $16 million and land center Tyler Bozak (three years, $15 million).

But getting winger Patrick Maroon for one year at $1.7 million as NHL.com's Lou Korac reports is possible . . . well, that would be a steal. Apparently the St. Louisan is prepared to give the Blues a hometown discount.

The Blues will be up against the salary cap once it settles its next contract with defenseman Joel Edmundson, so both general manager Doug Armstrong and Maroon had to bend some to make this addition work.

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David Perron Back With The St. Louis Blues Again

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

There have been plenty of hockey players over the years who have come back for a second tour of duty with the Blues. Tony Twist, Perry Turnbull, Jim Roberts, Kelly Chase, Sergio Momesso to name a few.

But Perron might be the first player in franchise history to come back for a third tour. At least that’s what it says in the Blues’ media guide, where the team’s all-time roster shows no previous player with more than two stints with the club.

Last Sunday, when Perron signed a four-year, $16 million free-agent contract with the Blues, general manager Doug Armstrong said the 30-year-old native of Sherbrooke, Quebec, could have commanded more money elsewhere.

Perron didn’t dispute the point.

“For sure. That’s exactly it,” Perron told the Post-Dispatch. “I love St. Louis. This is the biggest reason why I came back. I didn’t even want to think about anywhere else.”

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Buffalo Trades Ryan O’Reilly To St. Louis

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added 9:02pm, St. Louis release is below.

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The Blame Game In St. Louis

from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Although it may be unfair to place all the blame or credit on one player, Allen could and should have made life much easier for his teammates. He must accept responsibility for the Blues’ failure to reach the playoffs this year.

Allen had a decent performance in the season finale. Fittingly, though, it wasn’t enough to beat the Avs, who beat the Blues to earn the Western Conference’s second wild card.

When you lose more than 30 games in a season, there are many instances to regret in a season. That must be stated. How about if general manager Doug Armstrong had hung on to center Paul Stastny at the trade deadline?

What if defenseman Jay Bouwmeester hadn’t missed half of the season or been hampered when he was deemed “healthy” enough to play? There’s no denying that the Blues were hurt all season by a roster that was missing at least one but most likely two legitimate Top 6 forwards.

How many points did the Blues’ miserable power play cost them?

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Below, highlights of the Blues' 5-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche.

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Clinching Scenarios Today

via the NHL PR department,

The Flyers (41-26-14, 96 points) and Panthers (42-30-8, 92 points) remain in contention for the final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference heading into the weekend.

* The Flyers can clinch the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and reach the postseason for the second time in three campaigns if they earn a single point in their matinee game (3:00pm ET, NBC) with the Rangers. Philadelphia would also clinch if the Panthers lose to the Sabres. 

Meanwhile, the Panthers – who have already reeled off wins against the Hurricanes, Predators and Bruinsthis week – aim to push their winning streak to four games as they continue their pursuit of the Flyers and the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Blues (44-31-6, 94 points) hold a one-point lead over the Avalanche (42-30-9, 93 points) as the teams face off at Pepsi Center in Colorado with the final playoff berth in the Western Conference on the line.

* The Blues will clinch the final playoff berth in the Western Conference if they earn at least one point against the Avalanche.

* The Avalanche will clinch the final playoff berth in the Western Conference if they defeat the Blues in regulation.

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Four Teams Still In A Battle For Two Playoff Spots

 

Below, the Western Conference playoff picture.

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The St. Louis Blues Dropped An Important Game To The Chicago Blackhawks

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

In a game the Blues absolutely had to have Wednesday, they squandered a 3-1 lead and then squandered the game and perhaps a playoff berth with a 4-3 loss before 18,935 at Scottrade Center.

Duncan Keith's power play goal with just 8.5 seconds remaining in the third period did in the Blues, who stayed at 92 points _ one point behind Colorado for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Both Colorado and St. Louis have just two games to play, with the Avalanche playing at San Jose on Thursday and the Blues traveling to Chicago on Friday.

The Avalanche and Blues then close out their regular seasons on Saturday in Denver.

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Watch the GWG below...

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Big Game Tonight - St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Fear isn’t necessarily a bad thing. When you have nothing to lose or everything to lose, you’re better off fully committing to the fight and using that fear to your benefit.

Coach Mike Yeo noted last week that the Blues played with a sense of fear during their recent six-game winning streak. That sense of uncertainty helped propel them back into playoff contention.

While the Blackhawks eagerly attempt to sink their season, the Blues must find that balance between playing with fear and under control once again to end their three-game winless streak.

Some teams can be frozen by fear. Others can be motivated by it. The Blues must strike a healthy balance and push themselves out of a funk that threatens to derail their playoff hopes.

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The Blues host the Blackhawks at 8:00pm ET on NBCSN.

Below, a snapshot of the playoff race in the West...

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