Should the St. Louis Blues Be Considered Favorites in the Western Conference?

By Dan Parzych
(Scott Rovak/USA Today Sports)

After last season’s disappointing exit in the second-round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Kings, the St. Louis Blues appear to have picked up right where they left off as they’re off to an impressive 5-1 start this year. It’s still early on in the season, but is it too early to consider the Blues the best team in the Western Conference?

St. Louis is coming off an impressive 5-4 overtime win over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday and what’s even more impressive is three of their first five wins have come by one goal. With a favorable match-up on Thursday against the 2-4-1 Columbus Blue Jackets, there’s a good chance the Blues record could improve further yet, but they’ll be heavily tested a few days later against the Detroit Red Wings.

There are plenty of talented teams in the Western Conference and it certainly won’t be easy, but the Blues have what it takes to earn one of the top seeds for the playoffs if they can continue playing at this high level. It’s difficult not to imagine what would have happened last season if they didn’t lose to the Kings, but if anything–this team can use what happened in the playoffs last year to bounce back even stronger this season.

As long as they continue playing at this high level–the Blues could easily become the team to beat in the Western Conference once April rolls around.

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