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Here Come The Blues

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

This is the story of a hockey team so hot, that if it resided in Canada we would know its roster from lines one through four, and three pairings deep.

Instead however, the St. Louis Blues reside in anonymity in the Midwest, quietly rolling along in an arena that’s on its third name, under ownership that has been trying to sell off part of the team for so long that now it might settle for selling it to itself….

Here are some fast facts to chew on:

—St. Louis is 21-3-3 at home this season, best in the NHL. (Can you even name their arena?). They’re on a 13-0-2 run at home, where they haven’t lost since Dec. 3.

—The Blues allowed a third period goal in a 4-2 win over Buffalo Saturday, (the first in 11 games). (There was one in an overtime loss to Vancouver Jan. 12.)

—St. Louis has four shutouts in its last seven games, and is 9-0-1 versus the Eastern conference this season, including wins in Philly, Pittsburgh, Washington and Florida.

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SYF's avatar

Why is this a surprise?

Hitchcock hung around the prospects camp at Traverse City and hung around with Uncle Mike at the Wings TC in TC while he was unemployed.  I distinctly remember reading an article where he asked Uncle Mike to draw up some of those complex drills the Wings were exercising.  He took what he learned and made it his own once he got back to the NHL.

Of course, he turned that franchise around (despite receiving yet another purchase agreement after the Hulsizer falling out).  Anyone who’s followed hockey long enough knew he was capable of accomplishing.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/23/12 at 04:48 PM ET

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21-3-3 is the best home record in the NHL?  That’s a winning percentage of 78%.

The Wings are 19-2-1 at home.  86% winning percentage.

Sure, they’ve got the most POINTS at home, but they’ve played more games at home too.  The problem is, more points in the standings does not mean you have a better record than another team.

I really hate how writers throw out these statistics without actually thinking about what they’re writing.

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However, yes, St. Louis is good.  REALLY good this year.  Hitchcock should win the Adams, hands down, unless there’s a monumental collapse (which I highly doubt there will be).

Posted by BuzzFledderjohn on 01/23/12 at 04:56 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Anyone who’s followed hockey long enough also knows that Hitchcock will be completely tuned out after a while.  Possibly as soon as this spring even if they hit a rough stretch and slump.

STL were vast underachievers for long enough that they’re now overachieving a bit and it seems like a huge step.  Past 2 seasons though people thought STL should probably be a 7 or 8 seed in the West, and they missed altogether.

Having played 27 of 47 games at home so far has helped as well.  So has not playing their own division much yet (they’ve played the NW 15 games, only 11 against the Central and Pacific).

Truth is STL is probably a bottom-4 playoff team in the West.  By the time they have to play a few more road games, and have a steady diet of NAS, DET, and CHI still on their plate the points won’t be coming nearly as easy (and God help them if C-Bus also decides to play like a NHL team and not an ECHL one).

Give them credit though:  they’ve made the most of their schedule so far.

Posted by Primis on 01/23/12 at 05:00 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Anyone who’s followed hockey long enough also knows that Hitchcock will be completely tuned out after a while.  Possibly as soon as this spring even if they hit a rough stretch and slump.

Posted by Primis on 01/23/12 at 02:00 PM ET

Truth and that’s gonna be fun to watch.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 01/23/12 at 05:20 PM ET

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This is the story of a hockey team so hot, that if it resided in Canada we would know its roster from lines one through four, and three pairings deep.

Instead however, the St. Louis Blues reside in anonymity in the Midwest

Awesome! It’s been hours since we’ve had a “We Canadians are so great, we deserve 88 NHL teams” article!!

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/23/12 at 05:47 PM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 01/23/12 at 02:47 PM ET

Awesome!  Red Winger’s crying about the fact that he needs to grab some binoculars and look across the St Mary’s to find a place that actually has a hockey culture again.

Posted by Garth on 01/23/12 at 06:48 PM ET

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