Many have their doubts as to how far the St. Louis Blues will go, and rightfully so. It’s been 16 years since The Blues last advanced from the second round of playoffs, and this year they face the biggest offensive threat; The Dallas Stars . The Stars lead the NHL during the regular season in scoring with a 3.23 average goal per game. This is scary, especially considering their first match-up will be on the road in Dallas. However, The Blues are coming in hot. They just eliminated the reigning champs in the first round of playoffs, and they currently hold the edge over The Stars with 4 wins over the regular season. That being said, The Blues have every skill needed to take it all the way, and here’s why:
The Blues have one of the best defenses with players Alex Pietrangelo, Colton Parayko, Jay Bouwmeester, and Kevin Shattenkirk representing the top two lines.
The Blues have great versatility within their offense. Tarasenko, David Backes, and Jaden Schwartz all have great ability to attack. With such depth in their offense, this becomes a huge threat for other teams to defend.
Brian Elliott will be the starting goalie. With a league leading .930 save percentage, even the offensive Dallas Stars will have a tough time, especially if Elliott comes in hot.
Tyler Seguin (Star’s second overall points leader) will not be playing due to an achilles injury.
If The Blues manage to win the series over The Dallas Stars, its no doubt they will be taking it all the way. These victories over the top projected teams to win the Stanley Cup will certainly give them the edge and confidence to keep the train going.
Written by: Elio Moreno (Group 21)
After channel surfing in search of another sporting event, Twitter-named “Tony X.” found himself gazing upon Game 7 of the first-round playoff matchup between the Blackhawks and the Blues. Intrigued by the never-before-seen sport, Tony X. turned to Twitter to express his opinions. What happened next was absolutely brilliant (warning: some offensive language):
Now, clearly a Game 7 isn’t everyone’s first view of a sporting event – but clearly, the intensity and body checking occurring was enough for Tony X. to become NHL’s newest and greatest fan.
Tony X. had to keep Google open as he discovered what a Power Play was. He was bewildered when the goalie left the net near the end of the game.
You learn to appreciate how great of a sport something like the NHL is when someone who has never observed it before is fascinated by what you think are the simplest of things. Thank you, Tony X., for opening our eyes to the excitement, intensity, and bravado of the National Hockey League. We look forward to hearing from you in the future.
Thanks to the interest and excitement Tony X. fell in love with, the St. Louis Blues awarded him with tickets to an upcoming playoff game, appreciative of the support given.
When the going got tough and their leading scorer Tyler Seguin was out for the series with an achilles injury, the Stars looked to their captain Jaime Benn for a much-needed moral boost. He didn’t disappoint. The opening round playoff series seemed to be promising for the top-seeded Stars after they took a commanding 2-0 series lead. Game 3 looked as if it was going to be a breeze, getting off to a 2-0 lead in only 4 minutes into the game but the Wild scored 4 unanswered and one late in the game to cap off a 5-3 victory. Dallas coasted through game 4 and went into the next game hoping to finish off Minnesota, but that was not the Wild’s plan. Minnesota took a commanding 2-0 lead early in the first period but a late goal by Oduya ended the period at 2-1. The second period was scoreless and the third was filled with excitement. Minnesota scored two more but the Stars answered with 3 of their own to send it into OT where Minnesota’s Koivu scored a game winner to force a game 6. Game 6 looked as if it was going to be a blowout when the Stars went up 3-0 in the first but as the series had been playing out, the game wasn’t over until the horn blew. Period 2 gave the Stars a 4-0 lead, almost guaranteeing their victory, but that was not the case. In the 3rd period five goals were scored. 4 by the wild and 1 by the Stars. As the game came to an end with only a minute on the clock a couple missed open-netters left the Wild with some hope they could pull off a miracle. Luckily for the Stars they held on and advanced to the second round. This is the Dallas Stars first series victory since 2008 and they did it without their number one scorer. They now await the winner of the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks who play game 7 tonight at 7:30.