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Duelly Noted: What Were The Positives for the Blues in the Playoffs?

The St, Louis Blues have done an amazing job throughout the 2015-2016 season and their run all the way to the Western Conference Final is the closest they have come to Lord Stanley’s Cup since 2001 when they lost to the Colorado Avalanche. Many fans are still feeling the effects of the 5-2 loss to the Sharks on Wednesday night. Even with all the heartbreak and sadness accompanying a third round exit, there are also many positives that the Blues and their fans can take from this season and build to next season.Elliott&Allen

One of the biggest positives of this Blues team came from their goal tending. Brian Elliott and Jake Allen were unbelievably good behind the net. They both held their own in the regular season and Elliott pulled off some stellar performances in all three series to keep his team in postseason play for as long as he possibly could. During the playoffs, Elliott allowed 43 goals but a bulk of those goals came because the defense was not alert or made critical turn overs in the defensive end. He still came away with a .921 save percentage in the playoffs which is great for postseason goalies. Jake Allen’s best performance out of the two appearances he had been in was  a 6-3  win in Game 4 of the San José series.  Regardless of whether it was Allen or Elliott in-goal, both goalies did a good job of keeping the team in games and it wouldn’t be surprising to see that continue on into next season.

Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Blues offense was solid, especially against Chicago and Dallas. The biggest stars of their offense were Troy Brouwer and their captain, David Backes. Brouwer scored 8 goals throughout the postseason and Backes put in 7. While he was mostly in the background for the San José series with only a couple of goals near the end of Game 6, Vladimir Tarasenko put 9 goals in throughout the playoffs. Jaden Schwartz had four goals credited to him in the playoffs. Even guys like Dmitri Jaskin and Kyle Brodziak got in on the goal scoring by chipping in one or two. The Blues were great at sharing the wealth among themselves.  As of now, David Backes future with the Blues is uncertain but if the Blues can resign him, they will have a good offensive core to build on for next season.

The most impressive thing about the Blues playoff run was their sheer resilience in tough situations. Nobody even expected the team to make it past the first round against the former Stanley Cup Champions, the Chicago Blackhawks. After that, they weren’t expected to make it past the division winning Dallas Stars. This team made it through a lot of tough games and survived some questionable officiating to get to where they were. Fans of the Blues need not worry about the future of this team. With a few tweaks and some good off-season moves, the Blues are ready for October looking stronger and better than they have ever been.

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