3 players who have ignited the St. Louis Blues late-season surge

The St. Louis Blues have been surging lately, and there are a few players responsible for keeping this team in serious playoff contention.

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Justin Faulk hasn’t scored, but he’s been nonetheless effective

Justin Faulk is tied for fifth on the team in points since March 9th with eight helpers, and while he has no goals in this stretch, no other blueliner on the team has made quite the same impact. Faulk is fourth among Blues skaters and defensemen in average time on ice with 21:41, but he’s more than made the most of it, with half his points coming at even strength and the other half on the power play. 

He’s also in a three-way tie for first on the team in game-winning points alongside Brandon Saad and Jake Neighbours, and he’s held up in the defensive zone with 22 hits and 16 blocked shots - good for 150 and 109 when stretched over 82 games. 

Counting last night’s contest, Faulk has registered 28 points and two goals in 58 contests, which hasn’t been his strongest outing throughout his 13 seasons in the league. But he’s come on strong as of late, and he remains a solid player in all situations, including on the power play and when short-handed. 

The more prominent names on the blue line, like Colton Parayko and Torey Krug, have also made solid impacts, but you can argue that nobody has been better over the past 12 contests than Faulk. We will see if this trend continues for the final seven games of 2023-24 and if it’s enough to push the Blues into the playoffs. 

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(Statistics provided by QuantHockey and Hockey-Reference)