Blues Lead Western Conference

Hayden See, Reporter

A third of the way through the season, the Blues lead their conference.

After being near .500 in their first month, St. Louis has picked up 15 of 16 possible points in their last eight games. Five of the games were won in overtime, four in a row at one point. David Perron accounted for three of the game-winning overtime goals. His three overtime goals were the most in National Hockey League History for a player prior to its teams 20th game of the season.

“Their start to the year was rough, but they’ve turned it up,” senior Ethan Markovich said.

The teams St. Louis has taken down during their torrid stretch has been impressive; with their backup goalie in the crease, they beat Edmonton — one of the best teams in their conference — by a score of 5-2. The eight game winning streak included back to back 4-3 wins, against the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild, respectively. Their shootout loss to the Arizona Coyotes was rough, but their road trip was one of the best in franchise history. They swept a road trip of five or more games for the second time in their history. Last time was the 2017-18 season.

“[A team] can’t have a much better road trip than the Blues did,” senior Britt Schrieber said.

The success has been on the back of many strong players, although the play of goaltender Jordan Binnington has been the most exclaiming; despite facing the most high-danger shots in hockey, he has the best save percentage on such shots in the league. Even with one of the longest summers in NHL playoff history, he hasn’t seemed to miss a beat. 

“Binnington is the best goalie in the NHL, you can’t change my mind,” senior Emma Giltner said.

The Blues are currently in the middle of a three-game homestand.