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A brief history of the St. Louis Blues:
They join the league and go to the Stanley Cup Final three times. Immediately.
But they lose all three times.
From 1980-2004, the team goes to the playoffs ever year. Ever year.
But they never go the finals.
Then the NHL locks out for an entire season.
The people of St. Louis all but gave up on the Blues after the NHL locked out in 2005. Doug Armstrong arrived in 2010 with the task of convincing a tortured fanbase to believe in their team again.
He hired Ken Hitchcock and built a cohesive unit that can win through drafting and trades. The big key here is that there are no superstars in the Gateway to the West. This is truly a team where the symbol on the front of the sweater means more than the name on the back.
Don’t get me wrong—David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Alex Pietrangelo and the like are great players, but nobody is going to compare them with Ilya Kovalchuk, Joe Thornton or Shea Weber (at least not right now).
A 6-0 win over the Detroit Red Wings is a great start this season, but this team has to win it all in order for the average person in St. Louis to completely buy into Blues hockey.
It is the Show-Me State, after all.