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The Blues Have Definitely ‘Brought it’ to Start off  2015

As of right now in the NHL the St. Louis Blues are arguably the hottest team in hockey.  The Blues so far has welcomed in the New Year, starting off with 11-0-1 record. This has been a total energetic gift to their loyal St. Louis fans, posting no regulation losses and only one OT loss to the Red Wings. A record that the team has not posted in 15 years. The Blues have been on an absolute tear throughout the NHL at home and on the road. The team is fueled by a clicking and integrated chemistry between the players. Player`s such as team leader RW Vladimir Tarasenko who is rank 6th in the league for goals, 5th in game winners, 5th shots on goal finds way to create game winning magic with the rest of team. Just when other teams think they have the Blues right where the want them for defeat, players like Alexander Steen, Jason Schwartz, T.J. Oshie and David Backes raise the bar to pull off wins and perseverance resulting in disappointment of their fellow opponents.

Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk does not score a lot of goals but leads the team with 32 assist and ranked 9th overall in the league. Unfortunately “Shatty” (as the fans refer to) suffered an unfortunate abdominal tear during the Blues 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitols on Sunday. Shattenkirk is scheduled to have surgery very soon and then will be on a week-to-week basis. So the team is going to have to see how they will adapt, losing their leading defensive assist. The next man up to take “Shatty`s” spot will be Alex Pietrangelo who has 24 assist, just 8 shy from Shattenkirk. Then there is the old time favorite brutus known as Barret Jackman who has been with the team going on 13 seasons.

It is not all the offensive players that deserve the credit.  All-Star Goaltender Brian Elliott is posting hot numbers to keep the Blues in every game and their streak alive. Although he does split a very even amount of time with other tender Jake Allen and have about the same numbers in the wins losses column, Elliot holds the league rank of 1st overall in Goals allowed Average (GAA) with 1.95; less than 2 a game. Elliott who is usually a part the Blues trade discussions` and contract extensions, took over for an injured Martin Brouduer and has not looked back. This has been the story of his career to be second best over a highlighted name and then post bdownload (13)etter numbers than his injured predecessor. Such as he did in 2012 when Halak became injured and went into the second round of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. In 2013 the blues moved Elliott in a blockbuster trade with the Buffalo Sabres in order to acquire monster goaltender Ryan Miller. Elliott was truly heartbroken and devastated by the transaction; he absolutely loves being a St. Louis Blue.

Speaking of the playoffs, fans of the St. Louis Blues are loyal but skeptical. In later years they watched their team make 22 straight playoff appearances without clinching the cup. After the lockout of 2004 the team was in shambles and broken, with the Blues posting horrible numbers and hardly any wins. The roster was made up of moistly college kids. Still the fans in those dark days poured into the Scottrade center or was it Savvis, Kiel Ariana? Can`t remember because the name has changed so many darn times. Anyways, the Blues since 2012 have been a hot (regular season) team but once they get to the playoffs, the team and fans hit a wall of disappointment. So fans are not raising the cup yet because they have been watching the Blues play the same story for the last 3 years.

The Blues are racing with the Nashville Predators for the top spot in the NHL western, central. Winning the division for St. Louis has proven to be a must for St. Louis historically speaking. Settling for number two could put the team in match-ups in the post season, they do not want to aim for.

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