The St. Louis Blues roared through the regular season and ended up tied for the best record in the western conference. They became the second seed in the conference due to a tiebreaker and were looking for a deep playoff run. Then they were shocked by the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the playoffs, and had a very disappointing end to their season.
The St. Louis Blues schedule plays out where the two teams will meet for the first time on the second game of the season. Minnesota got whatever they wanted on offense against the Blues in the playoffs. St. Louis simply could not handle them on the defensive end and they will have to provide much more toughness and tenacity in order to defeat the Wild. The Blues will be tested early on as they face Montreal, New York (Islanders), Tampa Bay, Anaheim, and Minnesota once again in a brutal five game stretch near the end of October. The Blues must get over their early playoff defeat quickly or they could find themselves in a deep hole early in the season. They will also get the chance in November to put their team up against two championship contenders in Chicago and the New York Rangers. Chicago is a Saturday night primetime game and will be a chance for the Blue to see championship worthy hockey up close.
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For the St. Louis Blue to recapture the regular season success they saw in 2014, they must take advantage of the middle of their schedule. While the beginning has its challenging spots, the middle portion of the St. Louis Blues schedule is much easier. They avoid almost all top teams from last season and have game in and game out against lesser competition. This will be a great chance for them rack up victories and fight for the chance to earn the number one seed this year without the tiebreaker. Things do ramp back up for the Blues towards the end of the season but not nearly as much as the beginning of their schedule. Overall, the St. Louis Blues schedule could be much worse. Despite the challenging parts that frankly every team endures, their schedule is extremely soft during December and January, giving them a great chance for another stellar regular season. The question for the Blues then comes in the postseason where they will need to prove themselves. They are playing for postseason success but cannot get ahead of themselves during the regular season. If they come to play with the schedule they have, everything should fall into place. They will have a shot at redeeming themselves where it really matters, in the playoffs.
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