Why the St. Louis Blues Have All the Right Ingredients for a Stanley Cup Run

March 15th, 2014 by Steve Macfarlane Leave a reply »

The St. Louis Blues are unbeatable.

In one game, sure, anything can happen. But in a seven-game playoff series? Opponents don't stand a chance. Even the Los Angeles Kings, the team to end the Blues' last two seasons, are in for a tough test this time around.

Even before the trade deadline, the Blues were cruising along at a division-leading clip, a couple of points up on the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the Central Division and second in the league overall. Standing pat would have been a reasonable thing to do. Nobody would have faulted them for it. They had no serious holes to fill.

Instead, Blues management decided to make one of the biggest deals of the year by grabbing goaltender Ryan Miller and veteran forward Steve Ott to strengthen an already impressive squad. Since then, the Blues have gone undefeated in regulation through six games and find themselves alone at the top of the league's point standings and a clear-cut favorite to claim the Stanley Cup.

With a deep pool of scoring forwards, a stellar defensive group, a star goaltender and an incredible head coach, the Blues are pois ...

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