Feb 6, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues Tailspinning Toward the Playoffs

Apr 8, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Blues lost at home last night 4-1 to the Washington Capitals, only the first time all season the Blues have dropped three in-a-row. Stuck at 111 points, the Blues still remain atop both the Central Division and the Western Conference but their foes are closing in as the season grinds to completion this weekend.

With three games remaining the Central, West and even the President’s Trophy are completely up for grabs as teams like Colorado, San Jose, and Boston are surging while St. Louis has lost their stranglehold on their once healthy lead. Only 5-points separates the top four teams in the league, and the Blues are only a single point ahead of Anaheim for number 1 in the West.

February 28, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The way St. Louis has played this month, it might not make much difference in the playoffs whether they have home-ice advantage or not. In their three losses since April 1st two have come at Scottrade Center. They’ll play two more on the road before finishing the regular season at home versus the Detroit Red Wings on the 13th.

Fear not though, Blues fans. Potentially falling out of first place in the West may not necessarily be the end of the line for St. Louis. In the last three seasons, only last year’s Chicago Blackhawks finished 1st (and won the President’s Trophy) en route to winning the Cup. The Los Angeles Kings won in 2012 starting out 5th in the West and the Boston Bruins were 3rd in the East as they went on to win in 2011.

Each of those clubs finished their final eight regular season games 5-2-1 and while the Blues could win out the next three and still not win the President’s Trophy, no one could catch them for the Western Conference title.

The games that really matter begin next Wednesday, April 16th. While it’s tough to watch the Blues spiral downward as they close out the regular season and hard to imagine them succeeding in the playoffs going in without positive momentum, things are reset to zero before the puck drops on Game 1.


Tags: NHL Playoffs St. Louis Blues

  • Dashley R

    When is the owner of the team and managers ever going to figure out that spending all that money and those draft picks on defense isn’t helping them. They made a mistake getting rid of russell and borrowing Roy for such an expensive price. So now they are overspending on Bouwmeester and Roy and the Miller trade is looking questionable. If you can’t put the biscuit in the basket as a team when the game is on the line and continue to play(very expensive) inconsistent shifty defense you are never going to win a cup. I’m so sick and tired of being disappointed with this team. If they don’t get passed the second round I really hope some major changes are made. This blue collar system doesn’t work unless you have players who can finish. Offensive players to keep: Sobotka, Tarasenko, Schwartz, Oshie, Steen. I would like to make an exception for the captain and Berglund, but as a team their defense isn’t very good right now and keeps slumping so what is the point if they can’t score. Backes only scores when he gets a lucky bounce or when he has Oshie feeding him the puck.
    Defensive players to keep: Polak, Shatty, Pietrangelo and I have to give Jackman some credit.
    4th line players to keep: Reaves, Cracknell(he may not be fast, but he’s got good hockey sense), if Lapierre would stop taking dumb penalties and work on his defense he’s definitely worth keeping.
    Why have they not tried out Rattie yet? I’m not seeing much brilliance from Jaskin compared to #9, 91. 4 in a row right before the playoffs. This is lame