First of all picking 5 games out of 82 in a season is very tough to do. As a Blues fan and a NHL fan in general, every game is important and cant miss. But, my top 5 I have picked are potential playoff match ups, and teams that made blockbuster trades.
The first game comes in the first month of the season against the LA Kings. The LA Kings provide an intruiging look at a relatively new roster, and a potential playoff team.
The Kings brought in former Philly captain Mike Richards, in a huge trade this offseason sending Wayne Simmonds, and Brayden Schenn. This trade definitely made the Kings a more physical team. The Blues went 3-0 against them last year and hope to continue the trend.
The second game coming on November 29th against the Washington Capitals. I picked this
game mainly because Ovechkin is one of my favorite players in the league, and new player
Jason Arnott has played with them as recently as last season. Arnott could offer some
insight into some of the inner workings of a playoff team. This game offers up some
world talent to watch. Alex Ovechkin, Alex Semin, David Backes, Jaroslav Halak, etc.
The third game comes only a few days after the game against Washington. The Blues play
the Colorado Avalanche. The Avalanche were busy this offseason spending their first round
picks on Gabriel Landeskog, and Duncan Siemens. Neither of which i see breaking the team
out of camp this year. The one thing they did do this offseason was attempt to shore up
their goaltending situation by letting go longtime stopper Peter Budaj, and letting Brian
Elliot walk to the Blues. They made a big trade to washington sending a 1st rd pick for
Semyon Varlamov. Varly is definitiley an upgrade over either of the two but still poses
questions because of his durability. This game is also a revisit of the trade between
the Avs and the Blues as the Blues sent Jay McClement, Erik Johnson, and the 1st rd pick
(Siemens) to the Avs for Kevin Shattenkirk, Chris Stewart and a 2nd rd pick (Ty Rattie).
The fourth game skips the month of january and gets to the end of February on the 22nd as
the Blues take on the defending champion Boston Bruins. Stanley Cup standout and MVP Tim
Thomas come to St Louis, to show the Blues what happens when true grit and a will to win
converge together and start hitting on all cylindars at the right time. By this time of the
season we should know where the Blues are going to fall in the standings, in or out. If
they are in the hunt for Lord Stanley’s cup then this is a good litmus test into how the
Blues will stack up.
The last can’t miss game is 3 days later against the new look Winnepeg Jets.
This game was picked because the general intrigue it possesses, seeing at they just moved
from Atlanta. This was an emotional move for many fans in Georgia. The Jets have made a
few questionable moves at best this offseason, and lost a player in a very tragic way.
Now obviously any game against division rivals, Detroit, Chicago, Nashville, and Columbus
are can’t miss games, they all offer history, hard hits, and plenty of drama. But it
would have made this another generic list. The games above should offer some insight to
the moves the Blues have made vs moves conference rivals have made. And some potential
match ups the Blues may see if they make the playoffs and advance to play for the cup.
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