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Blues ranks top at Central Division
The Blues wobbled, giving up the top spot in the Western Conference to the surging Canucks. The Blues have gone 2-2-2 in their past six, but that might be a function of integrating injured players such as Alex Steen back into the lineup.Blues Jersey
Although they still have designs on first overall in the Central (and the conference), trailing Detroit by five with a game in hand, the Blues appear to have a death grip on the fourth spot in the standings and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Andy McDonald is having an immediate impact after returning from concussion woes.
Despite a 5-2 loss to Columbus on Saturday night at Scottrade Center, the Blues still officially clinched the top spot in the Central Division and have guaranteed themselves one of the top two positions in the Western Conference thanks to Nashville’s 5-4 loss to Chicago.This marks the Blues’ first Central Division title since the 1999-2000 season, when they also claimed the Presidents’ Trophy with the League’s best record: 51-19-11-1 (114 points).Blues put a loss Friday to Carolina behind them as they dumped Tampa 3-1 Saturday. The Western Conference-leading Blues are 10-2-1 in their last 13. They have a six-point lead over Vancouver for top spot in the Western Conference and a five-point bulge in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy.
It’s been quite a memorable week for the Blues.
Last Tuesday vs. Nashville, the Blues set a new franchise record for most home wins in one season (30). Blues goalie Brian Elliott also became the first goaltender in team history to record nine shutouts in one season. He also currently has a shutout streak of 186 minutes, 33 seconds. Together with Jaroslav Halak, the Blues have tied a modern era shutout record with 15 this season.St. Louis Blues Jerseys
In addition, the team added Andy McDonald, Matt D’Agostini and Roman Polak to the lineup, giving the team its first entirely healthy roster in 160 games as the team prepares to enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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It’s nice to see forward Alexander Steen, a key two-way player, back after he missed 39 games. Meanwhile, the stingy, contending Blues have set a franchise record with 14 shutouts this season.
The Blues shook off a disappointing loss to Vancouver to earn a nice 3-1 win in San Jose, and they are 5-1-0 in their past six.St. Louis Blues Shop
The Blues have a weird schedule, playing three in a row at home before heading out for seven straight on the road. That trip will tell the tale of the Central Division and conference leads.
The Blues, limited by their uncertain ownership situation, did very little before the trade deadline. It would have been nice to see some offense added.