NHL: Why the St. Louis Blues Are a Playoff Team

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NHL: Why the St. Louis Blues Are a Playoff Team
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They have been around since 1967 and have never won a Stanley Cup. They have made the playoffs only once since the lockout, only to be swept in the first round by Vancouver. They have not won a Central Division title since 2000 and have seen other teams from the division win the Stanley Cup five times since 1997.

The St. Louis Blues have had somewhat of a depressing history, especially in the past several years as they have been far from the success that they had experienced in the years before the lockout.

They had a 25-year playoff streak from 1979 to 2004, but never made it to the Stanley Cup Final. In fact, the only times the team has made the Stanley Cup Final have been their first three seasons, yet they were swept in each series.

I have been predicting success for the past several seasons for St. Louis, but it has never happened.

This year, however, is different.

Yes, I am once again predicting success for this team, but when I watch them this year, I see something different. This year, I see a product that could bring a lot of happiness to St. Louis hockey fans and a lot of fear to Detroit and Chicago fans. Here's why.

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