With a win tonight against the Anaheim Ducks, the Blues can claim 1st place in the NHL. Already sitting atop the Western Conference, the Blues are enjoying their success a bit under the radar. In the next three games the Blues have the opportunity to solidify their positioning, with consecutive games against the Columbus Bluejackets on Saturday and Sunday. The team will start a seven game road trip with Sunday’s game in Columbus.
The last time the Ducks came to the Scottrade Center on December 8th, it was in the wake of the news of Albert Pujols leaving St. Louis. The Blues tried to cheer up their fans with a convincing 4-2 victory. That was three months ago, and the Blues have certainly improved a great deal since then. St. Louis has built chemistry within its roster, and the return of Andy McDonald has ignited the offense. I expect the Blues to put on the show tonight.
Jaroslav Halak has been a complete madman in net and has won his last six starts. Hopefully he can protect the net with the same success tonight. Halak has been proving himself to be the more dominant force in goal as of late. Andy McDonald has 6 points in his last five games, and will look to continue to prove that the Blues have an offense teams should be worried about. The Blues’ Special Teams have improved greatly since the All-Star break, especially when they have been shorthanded. The Blues have killed 32 straight penalties. The most exciting statistic concerning the Blues is their record when they have scored at least 3 goals in a game: 33-0. With the offense playing as well as it is, I like the odds of the Blues continuing to role.
On a different note, it looks like Ben Bishop will be starting for Ottawa against the New York Rangers tonight. Check out Fansided’s Senators blog SenShot for more on Bishop.