posted on January 10, 2014 00:52
Forgive the cynical headline. That's the sobering reality for the team's success this season. If the Blues fail to advance in the postseason to the Conference Finals, I would guess a large percentage of fans would consider the season a failure.
And what a season it is. Seriously.
With their 5-0 win in Calgary, the Blues tied the Blackhawks for first place in the Central Division. With 67 points apiece, the Blues have three games at hand over Chicago.
For the season, the Blues are 31-7-5. Their +63 goal differential is No. 1 in the NHL. Chicago ranks No. 2 at +42.
Only the Blackhawks (169) have scored more goals than the Blues this season (160), which can be made up with the three games at hand.
ABOUT THAT SEVEN GAME WIN STREAK ...
In the Blues seven game win streak, they've outscored opponents 31-12.
They're 9/22 (41%) on the power play. They hold a 44-19 edge in takeaways and giveaways and they're backed by a .925 save percentage.
The Blues have four straight wins of 3+ goals.
BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE
The Blues are 21-0-3 when leading after two periods.
Not coincidentally, their third period goal differential is +28, No. 1 in all of hockey.
Thursday's shutout was Jaroslav Halak's franchise leading 19th of his career. He stopped 33/33 shots in his first start since December 28th.
For the Blues, its the team's 38th shutout since the 2010/2011 season; that's nine more than any other team.
The Blues are 10-0 on Thursday's this season.
Just as its unfair to hold the Jeff Fisher-Les Snead era responsible for a decade of futility at Rams park, it's unfair to hold past postseason failures against the Ken Hitchcock-Doug Armstrong regime.
Your St. Louis Blues are in the midst of an historic regular season. And it will mean very little if the team fails in the postseason.
Sometimes life isn't fair, I guess.