Reason 6: The Blackhawks’ success against St. Louis in the playoffs
Remember that first-round playoff series in 2014 when the Blues went up two games to none on the Blackhawks? Then the ‘Hawks just won four games straight? The Blackhawks gave the Blues a little beacon of hope, then just snatched it away easily. Much like an older brother letting you play Xbox for 20 minutes to only come in later and take the controller away for himself. While that was two years ago, it is very telling of these two teams. The ‘Hawks did not even have Brent Seabrook for Games 3, 4 and 5 and still put St. Louis in their back pocket. This is a older brother and younger brother type relationship, and it is not time for the older brother to lose to the younger brother quite yet.
I will just leave this here. WAKEY WAKEY, BACKES.
Reason 5: Jake Allen might be out
On April 4, Jake Allen was announced to be out for the rest of the regular season with a lower-body injury. He will be reevaluated in the next few days, but Blues fans should be ready to be without their starting goalie for a couple playoff games. On the season, Allen has a .920 save percentage, with a 2.35 goals-against average. To put that in perspective, Allen is 18th in the league in goals-against average, and 13th in the league in save percentage. One big reason for the success is that Allen and Brian Elliott have shared duties in net, with Allen having 47 games played and Elliott with 42 games. When these goalies can split work like that, teams do not get a good feel sometimes, and the goaltenders can just rest. If Allen is in fact out for a couple games, that will be a huge advantage for the red sweaters.
Next: Reasons 4 And 3