The St. Louis Blues have had a lot of time to think about what went wrong in the team’s shortened 2013 season.
A year removed from snubbing the hockey world’s expectations and surprisingly winning the NHL Central Division, the Blues narrowly won the fourth seed in the Western Conference last season—only six points ahead of missing the postseason entirely.
They took on the Los Angeles Kings for the second consecutive year and were issued a familiar result—losing to the Kings in six games in the Western Conference Quarter Finals.
Despite these setbacks, however, the future is still very bright in St. Louis, and the Blues are expected to have a strong showing in this year’s revamped Central Division.
With Detroit and Columbus leaving the Western Conference in favor of the East, the Central Division will see the additions of Dallas, Colorado and Winnipeg, while still retaining competitive clubs in Nashville and Chicago.
Given recent history, the Central Division isn’t expected to be the powerhouse it has been in the last couple of years. Other than the reigning Stanley Cup Champions in Chicago, the Blues were the only other team in the division to qualify for the playoffs last season, and as such, the Hawks and Blues are seen to be the presumed front-runners in the renovated division.
Despite predictions aligning the upcoming Central Division crown with the Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues have more than enough ammunition to dethrone the reigning Central Division champs. Here’s how.