Way Too Early On A Sunday Morning: Blues @ Hawks preview
This will be the last time the Hawks see the Blues until the 2nd Round (provided both teams get there, of course). While St Louis have won most of the matchups this year they’ve all been by the narrowest margins. The only blowout belongs to the Hawks, giving them a better aggregate score (thus far). but none of this matters a damn, now. St Louis are locks for the Divisional title and fighting it out with the Bruins for the Presidents Trophy. The Hawks will face Colorado in the 1st round and almost certainly will start on the road. However, anyone anticipating a disinterested game clearly didn’t see the Blues losing their collective minds in the 3rd period of their 4-0 drubbing by the Avs last night. The two teams combined for 120 PIMs in the 3rd Period (with the result no longer in question). Brendan Morrow may be facing Supplementary Discipline for a cross check on John Mitchell and the entire Blues ‘Leadership’ followed Captain manly man David Backes’ example and got themselves tossed from the game. Remarkable (and the Avs contributed their share, it should be added)
Avoiding that sort of nonsense would seem to be a priority. Personal antipathy aside, the Blues are a bloody good hockey team and any path to a repeat leads directly through them. Anyway, as it’s Sunday and I don’t feel like working, I asked some questions about the Blues of my buddy Tyler Atwood ,who writes for St Louis Gametime and. like me, contributes to Democrathree on III Communication.
So here we go.
TA: A team as good as this Blues team should NEVER care who they play in the first round, or in any round, for that matter. That said, the Dallas Stars scare the ever-loving shit out of me in the first round, IF they stay hot enough to get in (which, as we’ve seen in past seasons, is NOT a given). As far as the two teams battling for the second wild card spot, I would prefer the Blues play the Coyotes, which will make for an absolutely mind-numbingly boring series but serve as a much better matchup for the Blues than the Stars. If, somehow, the Ducks or Sharks take the top spot in the Western Conference and knock the Blues into a matchup with the top wild card team, the Minnesota Wild(s), that would be a favorable matchup for St. Louis as well. All said, though, I have no preference. I just want to get the playoffs started, really, and to hell with who the Blues play. Just give me a team.
Many thanks to Tyler for taking the time to answer my questions.. give him a follow on Twitter @KingDonutI
Let’s Go Hawks
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