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TCL Round 2 Staff Predictions: St. Louis Blues vs. Los Angeles Kings

 

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs - Western Conference SemifinalsSt. Louis Blues ( 2 ) vs. Los Angeles Kings ( 8 )  Also Read: Ty Fisher's Series preview for the Kings. Once again, we're looking at a series that most definitely has to be about the battle between the pipes, as St. Louis and Los Angeles face off as unlikely second round opponents. Jonathan Quick absolutely lit up the west this season and may have been the only reason the Kings even made the playoffs. On the other side of the ice, the Blues have two (count 'em!) goaltenders that could have and maybe should have been up for the Vezina trophy in Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. We may be soun...

Series Preview: (2) Blues vs. (7) Kings

 

Just as everyone expected, the Los Angeles Kings quickly dispatched of the President’s Trophy-winning Vancouver Canucks in five games. Also (and just as expected) was the latter squad’s complete no-show on offense, perpetual state of disarray on defense and lack of physicality in nearly every single one of the five games. What took place last week was a meltdown of an unacceptable degree. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise.

However (!), just because Vancouver lost the series does not mean Los Angeles didn’t deserve to advance. Vezina Trophy candidate (and deserving winner) Jonath...

Blues vs. Sharks - Playoff Preview

Finally! After a long 82 game schedule the Blues can really get down to business. Champions are not made in the regular season, but are made through the playoffs. This time around, this St. Louis Blues team could make a strong run. They have the home ice set for at least the first two rounds, and looking at their record at home they could not ask for anything better coming into their first playoff game against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday.

But is home ice enough for these youthful Blues to take down a perennial Western Conference powerhouse in the Sharks? This preview should be able to sort all those questions out and more.

Sharks and Blues

I think a season sweep, and...

TCL Round 1 Staff Predictions: St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks

 

 

( 2 ) ST. LOUIS BLUES vs. ( 7 ) SAN JOSE SHARKS

It's still uncertain whether the San Jose Sharks have shed their reputation of being chokers. They made the conference finals the last two seasons, but lost pretty badly both times. Considering every year lately seems to be "their year", even the conference finals seems like it's not enough. But this year is different. They haven't exactly been dominating the west as they usually do, in fact they barely squeaked into the playoffs. But the pressure is still there even if it might not seem like it, and people's jobs will more than likely be on the line if they "choke" yet again.&...

Record Setting Blues Keep on Impressing

Well it has been that kind of fairy tale year for the St. Louis Blues and their faithful fans, something we have all been waiting for, as the Blues ride right back to the top of the NHL standings (don't want to jinx it, but this fan thinks they will comfortably stay there). After last nights win against central division foes, the Nashville Predators, the Blues climbed to the top of the league, two points ahead of the East leading New York Rangers, who still sit with a game in hand however.

 

That was not all the Blues had to celebrate about last night, as the team also set some very impre...

Blues Goalie Earns Third Star

The goaltending in St. Louis this year can not be described as nothing less than spectacular. Today it gained another notch in the belt, as the team gears up for a playoff run, when Jaroslav Halak was named the third star of the week by the NHL.

Blues goaltender Jaroslav Halak has gained more recognition, other than the praise of his teammates, after being named 3rd Star of the week by the NHL.

(Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Halak's accomplishment adds him to the short list of Blues players who also have been named one of the third stars throughout this season by the NHL. Back in November, other Blues goaltender Brian Elliot was named the third star and so was...

Blackhawks head to the house of Blues tonight

 

Chicago briefly stumbled after posting some excellent wins at the end of their epic February road trip; they've now won the first two games of a three-game road trip, taking contests against Detroit and Ottawa.  Tonight, the Blackhawks roll into St. Louis for the 4th of six games against the Blues this season. So far, Chicago is 2-1-0 versus the Blues, including being shut out during their first match up of the year. St. Louis boasts one of the best home records of the season, and a pair of goalies - Halak and Elliot - that together have compiled 12 shut outs for their team. The Blues allow a meager 26.0 shots against/gm (1st in the league), the lowest amount of gi...

Flames Sing the Blues

The Flames looked really bad against the St Louis Blues and lost again -- their fourth straight.

They will continue to fall further out of the playoff race if they cant turn this around quickly.

Feaster stood pat on TDD. Players should have been relieved. Instead the team looked frustrated and befuddled

Elliot Returning to Ottawa With Vezina Talk in Tow

 

Looking back to the start of the season, if you were to ask any hockey expert who the starting goalie of the St. Louis Blues would be, they would not have said Brian Elliot. If you asked any of those same experts whose numbers which goaltender would be represented by a 1.69 G.A.A, a .938 save percentage and five shutouts at the All-Star break, they would not have guessed Brian Elliot. Or even better, if you asked those same questions to the Sens Army they would not have responded with Brian Elliot.

 

However, if you were to ask Brian Elliot himself wha...

Singing the Halakian Blues

In his return game to the Bell Centre in Montreal Jaroslav Halak recorded the 18th shutout of  his career. It was a game where the bigger, speedy St. Louis Blues shut down the diminutive Habs. Clearly the better team showed up and took the game. Halak did not have to be spectacular just ready to play. The Habs did not go to the net or have any puck possession. 

The line of Tomas Plekanec, Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta was on the ice for two of the three goals scored by the Blues and quite frankly appeared to be disinterested throughout the game. The first two goals were scored on the only two times in the game Michael Cammalleri went to the net and played observer wh...