St. Louis Blues: The Team's Christmas Wishlist for Santa

Steven ConklinCorrespondent IIDecember 21, 2011

MILTON KEYNES, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15:  A fan dressed as Santa Claus looks on prior to the npower League One match between MK Dons and AFC Bournemouth at stadiummk on October 15, 2011 in Milton Keynes, England.  (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)
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I'm going out on a limb here, but given he lives in the icy North Pole, Santa Claus probably likes his hockey. 

You know who else is loving their hockey right now? Blues fans.

The Blues have been spectacular this season. Sporting the best defensive game and goaltending in the league, St.Louis looks like a legitimate contender for the rest of the season and for the playoffs. 

Although Blues hockey is flourishing right now, there is still room for improvement. Since Christmas is just days away, let's take a look at St. Louis' wish list for Santa Claus.


1. Some kind of power play

Without a doubt, the Blues power play needs to be improved. If you can even find it.

With a man advantage St. Louis is scoring just 11 percent of the time. That's good for dead last in the NHL,and at times this season, it has fallen as low as eight percent.

Don't understand how awful that is? The best power play is Vancouver's at 26.1 percent.


2. Please find Chris Stewart

Technically Chris Stewart isn't missing. But the Chris Stewart that St. Louis expected to see after getting him from Colorado last February is nowhere to be found.

After joining the Blues near the deadline, Stewart put up 23 points in just 26 games. He looked like the offensive star the team needed. 

Watching him play this season, one wouldn't believe he put up those numbers. 29 games into the season, the winger has just four goals and 11 total points.

If he can pick that scoring habit back up, the Blues offense would improve drastically. 


3. A healthy Andy McDonald

Yes, Blues fans. Andy McDonald is still in the organization. You wouldn't know it considering he has had trouble staying on the ice. Concussions have been the veteran center's kryptonite. 

After suffering a hit to the head three games into the season, McDonald has been gone. If somehow he could recover and come back this season, it would provide an incredible boost for St. Louis.

McDonald is one of the club's best playmakers, and plays need to be made as soon as possible.


4. A Predator drop-off

If the playoffs started today, only one team in the Central Division would be out. That would be Columbus, and it is safe to say their season is done.

Realistically, Chicago and Detroit aren't going to struggle and are locks to see playoff hockey. So Nashville is the key to a continued successful season for St. Louis.

If Nashville struggles, I'm willing to guarantee the Blues see the playoffs. If they do not, St. Louis will battle three Central teams for a playoff spot and things will get more difficult.

A slump could spell bad news for the Blues in the second half of the season, especially with teams like San Jose, Phoenix and Los Angeles trying to sneak into the postseason.


5. Santa, be a Blues fan

It's simple. If the Blues see these wishes come true, we could be looking at a magical year for the club. 

Steven Conklin is a contributing writer for the Bleacher Report and a student at the University of Central Missouri. He joined B/R in October 2011 and will be a B/R intern starting in January. Any comments, questions or suggestions are more than welcome.

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