St.Louis Blues: Speed, Magical Youth, and Toughness

Jason BesancenezContributor IApril 4, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO. - MARCH 28: Chris Mason #50 and Dan Hinote #13 both of the St. Louis Blues celebrate after beating the Columbus Bluejackets in a shootout at the Scottrade Center on March 28, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Blues won 4-3 in a shootout.  (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

The St.Louis Blues are hanging on to their playoff hopes. St.Louis starts their final four road  games, for a run to the postseason.

St.Louis has a record of 38-31-9 for 85 points. They are 10-5-1 from March 3,2009-April 2,2009.

The Blues will face Dallas tonight at 7:00 PM on the road. St.Louis is 3-0 in the season series against Dallas this year.

Here's a look at the five teams in the playoff run in the Western Conference.


Blues' remaining games, and records against those teams:

vs. Stars 3-0-0
vs. Coyotes 3-0-0
vs.Jackets 4-1-0
vs. Avs 2-1-0

Total Record: 12-2-0 


Ducks' remaining games, and records against those teams:

vs. Sharks 1-3-0 [two games left with Sharks]
vs. Stars 2-2-1
vs. Coyotes 4-1-0

Total Record: 7-6-1

Predators' remaining games, and records against those teams:

vs. Hawks 3-1-0 [two games left with Hawks]
vs.Jackets 2-2-1
vs. Wings 3-2-0
vs. Wild 2-1-0

Total Record: 10-6-1

Wild remaining games, and records against those teams:

vs. Flames 0-3-2
vs. Wings 1-1-1
vs. Stars 0-2-1
vs. Predators 1-2-0
vs. Jackets 2-1-0

Total Record: 4-9-4

Oilers' remaining games, and records against those teams:

vs. Canucks 2-3-0
vs. Kings 2-1-0
vs. Flames 2-1-1

Total Record: 6-4-1


I would assume it's safe to say that the Blues have the statistical advantage on paper for the remaining games.

But anything can happen from this point on.

The Blues are coming off a huge 5-4 victory over the first place Detroit. David Backes scored four times in that game.

The Blues' first line of McDonald, Backes, and Boyes provided a total of eight points against Detroit on Thursday night.

St. Louis is 6-1 in their last seven games, which included their five game win streak.

Chris Mason allowed 16 goals total in those seven games, and provided one shutout in that span. The Blues outscored their opponents 24-16 in those seven games.

Mason is (24-21-6) with a save percentage at .916 , and goals against of 2.46 for the year. He has been the backbone to the Blues success through out this second half of the season.

One huge reason for the Blues' success is coming from all around.  Balanced scoring from the team has given them the edge. They have two 30 goal scorers, two 20 goal scorers, and a total of ten players with at least ten goals this year.  

They also have eight players with twenty or more assists for the year.

Brad Boyes leads the team with 10 game-winners.

The St. Louis Blues have became a much feared teamed due to their blazing speed, and their magical youth, and the entire Blues team is just filled with toughness!

Look for St.Louis to continue their winning ways all the way into the playoffs.

Go Blues!