Power Play Will Define Rest Of Season For St. Louis Blues

By Andy Schmidt
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There is one thing that the St. Louis Blues are very good at during this shortened National Hockey League season. St. Louis is leading the NHL on the power play, scoring 31.7% of the time while starting 9-6-1 on the year. This has become a team that can put a scare into every team in the Western Conference. If the Blues can keep this power play going, there is no reason why they can’t win the conference this season and get to the Stanley Cup Finals.

When you are that good with the power play, no one is going to want to touch you in fear of getting a penalty. That is allowing wide-open hockey to be played by St. Louis and is allowing the team to score three goals a game right now. The only way anyone will stop this Blues team is when the power play begins to fail and that doesn’t seem too likely at this point in time. I know that the Blues haven’t scored in their last seven power play chances but their numbers are still first in the league.

There aren’t very many powerful teams right now in NHL that look unbeatable. If the Blues can start scoring goals again on a regular basis after having just one in their last two games, St. Louis turns into a dangerous team. St. Louis plays on Saturday before having four days off to prepare for the unbeaten Chicago Blackhawks in a game that is going to mean about as much as a playoff game if Chicago is still unbeaten at that point.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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