The St. Louis Blues are two wins away from locking up the #1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs for the 7th time in franchise history and the first time since 1999. The club looks primed to make a run to the cup, but they will have to improve their road record to do so.
By Jeremy Clements
The Blues must command home ice during the playoffs. They have posted a league best 29-4-4 record at Scottrade to this point in the season and they must continue to dominate home ice if they plan on making a deep run in the playoffs.
Going a step further, The Blues are 0-1-1 against Nashville at home this year, 1-0-1 against Vancouver at Scottrade and they are is 2-1-0 against Chicago at home this year. That’s a combined 3-2-1 record against the top 3 teams in the West.
More Importantly they must improve on the road to ensure a deep run in the playoffs.
The Blues are 18-16-5 on the road this season. They cannot afford to settle for .500 play on the road. The top teams in the NHL (Vancouver, Nashville, NY Rangers, Boston) are a combined 85-51-17 on the road and have proven to be more than capable of getting it done away from home ice. The Blues recent road trip doesn’t seem to echo that concept. They just finished a seven game road trip with a convincing 4-0 over the Phoenix Coyotes. However, their record for the trip was just 3-2-2 and included the club blowing multiple 3rd period leads. In fact the Blues were outscored 6-5 in the final frame during the course of their road trip which only included 3 games against probable playoff teams.
So again, the Blues must play better on the road. Especially when they play the likes of Vancouver or Nashville in the second and third rounds of the playoffs, assuming the seeding and matchups go as expected.
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