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Central Preview: St. Louis Blues

A closer look at the Central Division competition for the upcoming 2013-14 season.

Monday, 19.08.2013 / 11:53 AM / News Articles
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Central Preview: St. Louis Blues
Central Division Preview: St Louis Blues

2012-13 record: 29-17-2 
Total: 60 points GF: 129 GA: 115

2011-12 record: 49-22-11 
Total: 109 points GF: 210 GA: 165
VS Winnipeg Jets 0-0-2

2013-14 Games vs. Blues:

Friday, October 18th
Blues @ Jets 7:00pm

Tuesday, October 29th
Jets @ Blues 7:00pm

Tuesday, December 10th
Blues @ Jets 7pm

Saturday, February 8th
Jets @ Blues 1pm

Monday, March 17th
Jets @ Blues 7pm


New Hockey Staff: Ken Hitchcock arrived as a coach 13 games into the 2011-12 season. The Blues were 6-7-0 at the time but finished 49-22-11, won the Central Division, finished second in the Western Conference with 109 points, and won a Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first time since 2002. This will mark Hitchcock's first training camp as head coach.

New off-season additions: Magnus Paajarvi, Derek Roy, Maxim Lapierre, Keith Aucoin.

The Blues signed Derek Roy to a one-year, $4 million extension this summer. They also traded away David Perron to Edmonton in order to acquire 22-year-old Magnus Paajarvi. Maxim Lapierre and Keith Aucoin were free-agents this summer before signing with the Blues.

Top Forwards: David Perron and Andy McDonald are gone and likely to be replaced in the top nine by Derek Roy and either Magnus Paajarvi or Jaden Schwartz. Roy was the marquee add, but there is newfound depth at center for the bottom two lines as well with free agents Maxim Lapierre and Keith Aucoin on board.

Top Defensemen: Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk are both capable of recording at least 40 points in 2013-14. The biggest item of business this offseason for the Blues has actually yet to happen - No. 1 defenceman Alex Pietrangelo is a resrticted free agent and needs a new contract.

Goaltenders: The St. Louis Blues could enter the season with three goaltenders, including Jaroslav Halak, Brian Elliott, and Jake Allen. Jake Allen is the No. 3 goalie on the Blues' depth chart for now, but both Halak and Elliott are unrestricted free agents after the 2013-14 season, so Allen could be the No. 1 guy in the near future.

Blues Youth: The Blues have a bumper crop of prospects set to turn pro this season, with more than a few of them ready to fight for and potentially win NHL jobs. These include Dmitri Jaskin (RW), Ty Rattie (RW), and Joel Edmundson (D).

Top Questions:

Can this core group take the next step?

The Blues surged to the top of the Central Division in 2011-12, won a round in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2002, then lost in the Western Conference Semifinals to the eventual Cup-champion Kings. This Spring, the Blues were fourth seed in the West, drew the Kings in the first round and lost in six games. Almost the same core group from those two springs will return this season, and they'll have to again try to put what happened behind them as quickly as possible.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 62 41 14 7 188 147 89
2 ANA 63 39 17 7 186 176 85
3 STL 61 39 18 4 190 152 82
4 CHI 63 37 21 5 183 150 79
5 WPG 63 31 20 12 174 170 74
6 VAN 61 35 23 3 174 162 73
7 MIN 61 32 22 7 173 160 71
8 LAK 61 29 20 12 164 157 70
9 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
10 SJS 62 30 24 8 173 177 68
11 COL 62 27 24 11 166 179 65
12 DAL 62 27 25 10 195 207 64
13 ARI 62 20 35 7 137 210 47
14 EDM 62 18 34 10 142 206 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
B. Little 63 24 26 9 50
A. Ladd 63 20 30 12 50
B. Wheeler 61 16 28 12 44
D. Byfuglien 63 15 26 6 41
M. Perreault 56 18 18 3 36
M. Scheifele 63 10 25 4 35
M. Frolik 63 13 19 3 32
D. Stafford 57 10 17 -18 27
J. Tlusty 53 13 10 -17 23
E. Kane 37 10 12 -1 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Hutchinson 18 7 5 .920 2.29
O. Pavelec 13 13 7 .909 2.60
 
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