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Tonight, the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin. The Chicago Blackhawks are set to take on the St. Louis Blues in the first round. The first game of that series is tomorrow night. For today, here are five things to know about St. Louis.
Rough End to the Regular Season
The St. Louis Blues ended their regular season on a bit of a bad note. They lost their last six games, including a 4-2 loss to Chicago. A couple top players went down to injury, including Olympic “hero” T.J. Oshie. St. Louis fans will tell you that it doesn’t matter and they are not going to be worried about that losing streak once the playoffs start, but it is still to be determined whether it will play a part in how this first round series turns out.
A Couple Weak Postseasons Have Hurt the Blues
In 2011-12, the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks in the first round, and then got swept by the L.A. Kings. Last year, they won the first two games in their first round series, again against the Kings, and ended up losing their last four to lose the series. Hawks fans are hoping that this postseason looks much like the last in more ways than one. Let’s be honest the Blues have never raised the Stanley Cup since becoming a team in 1967 so it’s every postseason that has hurt them.
St. Louis Has A Good Baseball Team
After winning the NL Pennant last year, but falling in the World Series, the Cardinals have started this baseball season off with a 9-5 record which is good for second in the NL Central, and they are currently on a four game winning streak. This has nothing to do with hockey, but this is a sports blog isn’t it? Variety is good. (FYI, I am in no way a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Go White Sox!) The only joke St. Louis has on Chicago is what’s 286 miles apart and has 11 Championships. Whatever!!
St. Louis Has Great Tourist Destinations
With the series starting off in St. Louis, on their off days, the Blackhawks players will have many great sights to see. Jonathan Toews will most likely go see the Arch. If you’re looking for Patrick Kane or Kris Versteeg, you might want to check the Silver Ballroom. Lastly, I can see Patrick Sharp maybe catching a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium. One last place is Six Flags you never know who will end up there!
My Predictions For The Series
My prediction is that the Blackhawks will win in five games. I feel like players will step up, and Joel Quennville will get the team playing like last postseason. All in all though, it will be a great series. I sense a few overtime games as well.