St. Louis Blues: How Jaroslav Halak and Co. Will Make the Playoffs

January 26th, 2011 by Charlie Weinman Leave a reply »
The St. Louis Blues currently hold the third longest streak in the National Hockey League for consecutive postseason appearances with 25, a streak that saw the Blues punch their tickets annually from 1979 through 2004. Since being eliminated by the San Jose Sharks in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2004, the franchise has made the playoffs once and was eliminated quickly by the Canucks in 2009, a series that saw Vancouver goalie Roberto Luongo stand on his head en route to a sweep over the Blues. Going into tonight's game, as of Wednesday the Blues have 51 points and are five spots out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. After coming up short last season, many things must happen in order for the Blues to play in the postseason once again.

The first thing St. Louis has to do in the second half is to get healthy, and once they are healthy they must stay that way. This injury-plagued team has suffered horrendously throughout the entire season to key players: first, fan-favorite T.J. Oshie went down with a broken ankle; then, David Perron suffered a cheap shot from San Jose’s Joe Thornton and ended up with a concussion; finally, speedster Andy ...

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