No. 4: St. Louis Blues
The Blues just recently jumped the ‘Hawks in the division standings, and now have a tie for the top spot in the division with 91 points. This team has been very good this season. The Blackhawks’ record against the Blues this season is 1-0-2. The last time these two teams met was in the 2014 playoffs, in which the ‘Hawks won the series in six games. In recent memory, the Blues have been notorious for not making it out of the second round of the playoffs. They went out and made trades to solidify their goalies the past couple seasons, but they still have not been able to get over that hump. Last season, they lost in the first round to the Wild, in 2014 they lost to the ‘Hawks in the first round, in 2013 they lost to the Kings in the first round and in 2012 they were swept by the Kings in the second round.
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The reason why this team could be the one to gets over the hump is thtat this is probably the best Blues team in a while. Vladimir Tarasenko has been playing like a Hart Trophy finalist, and their goalie duo of Jake Allen and Brian Elliott keeps teams on their toes. As always, the Blues like to put opposing players in the second row every game, too. With how the Blues have been playing this season, the only positive for the ‘Hawks in a series like this would be the Blues’ history in the playoffs. This is the best the Blues have been in a while, and the ‘Hawks really do not want to see the Blues come up in the first or second round.
Next: No. 3: Anaheim Ducks