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- The Blues come into the playoffs with a 107-point regular season. That’s down from 109 last season and 111 the season before. Hockey-reference.com has something called the Simple Rating System, which provides a rating for each team based on average goal differential and strength of schedule. A figure of 0.00 is considered average. In the 111-point season of 2014, the Blues’ SRS was 0.71. In the 109-point season of 2015, the SRS fell to 0.59. This regular season, that stat tumbled to 0.28.
- St. Louis has a few key injuries heading into the postseason. Goaltender Jake Allen and forward/captain David Backes each missed the final three games of the regular season with lower-body injuries, but they project to return for the postseason. Forward Robby Fabbri has also been out with an injury, but is expected to be available for Wednesday’s game. Steve Ott is out for the season, but his absence is of little effect.
- Of course, this is nothing compared to different times during the regular season. Jaden Schwartz, Paul Stastny and Patrik Berglund all missed serious time this regular season, with Kevin Shattenkirk, Alex Pietrangelo, Alex Steen and Brian Elliott, among others, also missing shorter amounts of time due to injury.
- Magnus Paajarvi leads the Blues’ regulars in Corsi-for percentage, a statistic that measures puck possession. His figure is 55.5 percent, far better than the team-worst (among regulars) 47.4 percent figure posted by “tough guy” Ryan Reaves.
- Only four Blues regulars collected a Corsi-for percentage worse than 50 this regular season: Reaves, Troy Brouwer (48.7), Jay Bouwmeester (49.0) and Carl Gunnarsson (49.4). Steen was right at 50 percent.
- Vladimir Tarasenko led this team in goals with 40 and points with 74. Stastny contributed the most assists, however, by netting 39 helpers in 64 games.
- The Blues had three defensemen finish with more than 30 points: Shattenkirk (44), Pietrangelo (37) and Colton Parayko (33). Shattenkirk and Parayko benefited heavily from starting most of their shifts in the offensive end.
- Pietrangelo is the Blues’ iron man, averaging 26:18 of ice time per night. Bouwmeester (23:07) and Shattenkirk (22:25) check in next, followed not by another defenseman, but by forward Steen (20:22). No one else averages more than 20 minutes a night (minus goaltenders).
- Bouwmeester and Scottie Upshall are the oldest regulars on this team at 32. Fabbri is the youngest at 20.
- Only one Blue has won a Stanley Cup coming into these playoffs: Brouwer, with the Blackhawks in 2010.
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