Re: Why not the St Louis Blues?
posted at 2/12/2014 7:02 AM EST
In response to 50belowzero's comment:
The bottom line for me with the Blues and will be their achilles heel to winning a Cup or the Western conference for that matter,is their offence.They are defensively strong,that is a given,and i would even say they can win with Halak moreso than Elliott.But where they fall short compared to the other powers in the West is on offence.Here is what they are up against.
St. Lou-Steen(career year),Oshie,Backes,Berglund,Tarasenko.
As you can see the line ups they will be facing are deep and battle tested,the Blues are not and even with their top end defence and relatively stout goaltending,they fall far short on offence.The Blues can't win every game 1-0 or 2-1 in OT. I would say even if they trade for a Miller or a Thomas,they won't win many series with that forward group.I'm not saying they are bad as they can grind it out with the best of them in tight games but inevitably they will have games where they need big time offence and it just isn't there,imo.It must also be mentioned that their competition in the West all have good to great defences as well and good goaltending so the Blues advantage there isn't big.
I like this. the big difference maker for me is StLouis Def. They are very very good and they get pts from the back end. I think their lack of fwds as you illustrate is a major difference between these clubs. Especially if you look at recent history.