Blues Recap: The Old Guys Still Have It

T SCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2009

27 Nov 2001: Keith Tkachuk #7 of the St. Louis Blues takes the puck toward the net against the Ottawa Senators during the third period at the Savvis Center in St.Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Senators 4-2. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Elsa/ALLSPORT

Week one for the St. Louis Blues is in the books.  Traveling to Europe, the Blues took the first two games of the season from the Detroit Red Wings, an accomplishment that will hopefully give them confidence to continue a strong start to the year.  One thing stood out to me.  Actually, two things.  The same two things that have been standing out to me since I was a kid, year in and year out.

Keith Tkachuk and Paul Kariya: The old guys still got it.

After two games, Tkachuk and Kariya each have two goals and two assists.  Tkachuk is 37, Kariya is 34.  These guys are supposed to be in the "twilight" of their NHL careers, but instead they've started the season hot.  Can they keep it up?

The only issue I saw from the first two games is that the Blues fell behind and had to play catch-up.  They succeeded, but obviously they do not want to keep putting themselves in those positions every night.

The Blues have young talent who can learn from Tkachuk and Kariya.  While they teach younger players how to play the game, they're also showing that they're not ready to hang it up anytime soon.  As long as they remain healthy, and with help from players such as Jay McClement (1 goal, 3 assists) and Andy McDonald (1 goal, 2 assists), the Blues have a good shot to make it back into the Stanley Cup playoffs this season.