Blues’ Success

Hayden See, Reporter

At the mid-way point of the NHL regular season, the Blues lead the league in points.

Coming off of their Stanley Cup Championship run, many analysts saw a hangover in the cards for the Blues. They have shrugged off that notion, with 68-points thus far. It is the third fastest season in franchise history where they’ve reached the 68-point mark.

“Even in their minor struggles, they’ve been able to be a top team in the league. Robert Thomas has been incredible and really makes me optimistic for the future of the team,” senior Ethan Markovich said.

St. Louis leads their division by over ten points, as the Colorado Avalanche sit behind.

They are having the best season in the league without their top paid player Vladimir Tarasenko or their most valuable defenseman Colton Parayko. Granted, Parayko has only missed over a week, Tarasenko has been out for over three months after undergoing a shoulder procedure. Tarasenko isn’t expected back until late March. Until then, the Blues will be tasked with finding production elsewhere.

“Tarasenko’s absence hasn’t affected the Blues that much. It’s surprising,” senior Blake Haffer said.

David Perron has emerged as one of the top forwards in the division, Jaden Schwartz is putting together one of the best seasons of his career and Ryan O’Reilly is doing what a Conn Smythe winner does. With that said, Jordan Binnington has come back down to earth. After recording a sub two goals against average last season, he is now allowing about two and a half goals per game. Backup goalie Jake Allen’s resurgence has helped to make that change less noticeable. 

“Jake Allen is making a case to be the starting goalie,” senior Ethan Seymore said.

The Blues will host the NHL All-Star Game on January 25.