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PART 1: Who’s Who In The Western Conference: Performers and Pretenders

By Skylar Peters
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St. Louis Blues

Oct 9, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues teammates celebrate winning the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Scottrade Center. The Blues defeat the Blackhawks 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Record: 4-1-0

Season Summary So Far: The Blues were expected to be good, and they have done nothing to prove otherwise so far. Four great games shot them up into the top three of the standings, before a tough loss to the aforementioned Sharks knocked them down into fourth. St. Louis has a knack for staying covert in the regular season, but the spotlight was thrust on them early this season. Time will tell if that helps or hinders them this time around.

Strengths: Veteran team, plays physical, willing to do anything for a goal. One of the best goaltending tandems league-wide, paired with shutdown defenders from 1-6.

Weaknesses: Undisciplined, have the ability to look like a completely different team on some nights (against San Jose), team prone to injuries. Penalty kill is awful.

The Real Deal: Unfortunately for ‘Hawks fans, yes. The Blues have one of the best bench bosses in the league, and this team knows how to punch their ticket to the dance. A group that has played a lot of hockey together, the Blues hope their new additions make them a force down the stretch. Playoff success has been limited in the last two seasons, but instead of running into a hot team, they want to be the hot team.

Stay tuned for Part Two of the Three-Part Series, Thursday, October 17!

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