The St. Louis Blues had been skidding down the Western Conference standings in the past number of weeks. The team made some trades to help their defense and have now won two straight games including an important win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night. If the playoffs started today, the Blues would face the Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs. It was a win that could allow the Blues to get back to their play from earlier in the season.
I had thought that St. Louis would easily cruise into the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference just a few weeks ago before the team’s struggles. Kevin Shattenkirk’s goal in the sixth round of the shootout gave St. Louis the win and honestly with how up and down Chicago has been since their long unbeaten streak; I’m not sure that the Blues wouldn’t have a chance against the Blackhawks. There were even the efforts of Adam Cracknell, who scored his first two goals of the season as St. Louis rallied for the win.
The trades that the Blues made will definitely improve the team’s chances of making the playoffs. St. Louis will be without Jaroslav Halak due to injury for most of the rest of the regular season but if Halak can come back healthy, St. Louis becomes dangerous to me. I’m not saying that Brian Elliott can’t be the team’s main goalie all the way through the playoffs but I like Halak better than Elliott right now. There should be some optimism for the playoff chances in St. Louis right now.