A 6-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers last night gave several St. Louis Blues milestone points, and also pushed the team into some awesome scoring-depth territory. The capability to roll four lines is important during the regular season, but it isn’t paramount. At least not like it is during the postseason—which is all the Blues are worried about at this point.
Winning the Presidents’ Trophy would be an outstanding accomplishment, but the ultimate prize is the Stanley Cup. That’s what the Blues are gunning for, and they have become the best team in the NHL due to icing various players that can do damage in the offensive zone.
Against Edmonton, Jaden Schwartz found the back of the net twice and reached the 20-goal plateau for the first time in his young career. Vladimir Tarasenko also scored his 20th of the season, giving the Blues four different players with at least 20 goals. T.J. Oshie is sitting at 17, and could very well join that club in the coming weeks.
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That wasn’t all that the Blues accomplished during their four-goal outburst during the third period against Edmonton. When Alex Pietrangelo scored his eight goal on the year, it was his 40th point on the season. That means that St. Louis now rosters seven players with 40 or more points.
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Some of the deepest scoring teams in the NHL are still sitting at six or less, including the Boston Bruins, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins. That’s some elite company, and the Blues have been winning games recently with a number of different players stepping up.
That bodes well for the team as the playoffs draw near and as the squad makes a run at the Presidents’ Trophy.