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Chicago Blackhawks: St. Louis Blues’ 50 Things To Know

By Colin Likas
Apr 4, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues salute their fans after defeating the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 4, 2016; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues salute their fans after defeating the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mar 6, 2016; Saint Paul, MN, USA; St. Louis Blues forward David Backes (42) in the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The St. Louis Blues beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports /

The Postseason

  1. The Blackhawks have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs 61 times in 89 seasons, collecting six Stanley Cups in the process (1934, 1938, 1961, 2010, 2013, 2015). The Blues have a pretty strong record of qualifying for the postseason, making it in 40 of their 48 seasons. However, that has yet to result in a Stanley Cup.
  2. As was mentioned earlier, the Red Wings hold the current record for longest active postseason streak with 25 straight seasons qualified. Pittsburgh sits in second with 10 straight qualifications, while the Blackhawks are third at eight. In fifth place on that list? The St. Louis Blues with five straight appearances.
  3. There have been two sweeps in the 11 playoff series between the Blackhawks and Blues, one for each side. Chicago got its brooms out in 1980, defeating St. Louis 3-0 in an opening-round matchup. The Blues returned the favor in 1993, stunning the division-champion Blackhawks with a four-game sweep.
  4. With Ken Hitchcock in charge, the Blues have gone to the postseason five times (including this season). Their first appearance was their lengthiest to date, as it saw them advance past the first round.
  5. The Blues have lost their last three playoff series by 4-2 margins. All three were first-round exits, and all three saw them holding home-ice advantage.
  6. In the Blues’ five playoff series under Hitchcock, they’ve gone to overtime in their opening game three times. They won two of those contests — against Los Angeles in 2013 and against Chicago in 2014. Both of those teams went on to the Western Conference finals. St. Louis lost in the first round.
  7. Under Hitchcock, the Blues have never started a postseason series on the road.
  8. Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has led the Blues in playoff scoring each of the last two seasons. The lead was shared among Alex Steen, David Backes and Vladimir Sobotka in 2013, while Andy McDonald was the top producer in 2012.
  9. St. Louis’ three goaltenders last season — Brian Elliott, Jake Allen and Martin Brodeur — combined for a save percentage of .914 in the regular season. If you pull out Brodeur, who played in just seven games, the figure jumps to .915. That stat tumbled to .902 between Elliott and Allen in the 2015 postseason.
  10. Shattenkirk had eight assists in the 2015 postseason. His teammates combined for 16. Vladimir Tarasenko tallied six goals in the 2015 playoffs. His teammates contributed eight combined.

Next: The Present

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