The Blues take on the Nasvhille Predators in what looks to be a very tough challenge for the Blues. This will be a battle of two high powered offensive teams, with both teams scoring at over 3 goals per game clip.
The Blues started off the season very hot after acquiring veteran center Claude Giroux, unfortunately, CLODE disappeared down the stretch and was moved in a package to acquire future franchise center Elias Pettersson. Elias struggled to find himself down the stretch but did find his touch in the last few games of the season and hopes to carry the momentum into the playoffs.
The obvious advantage in this series is the quality of the Predators blueline, which is a class above what the Blues have to offer. Despite the career season from #1 defenseman Colton Parayko and the deadline acquisition of veteran defensemen Erik Johnson and Mark Giordano for the Blues, the Predators are stacked from top to bottom defensively and should give the young Blues forwards trouble.
Up front, this series will feature 4 of the top-15 scorers in the league this past season, two from the Preds in swedes Viktor Ardvidsson and Filip Forsberg, and two Blues having career years in JT Miller and Jordan Kyrou.
The Blues will rely on having some of the best center depth in the league, and are hoping a fresh pair of linemates in Jordan Kyrou and Jason Zucker will be able to spark Elias Pettersson who is coming off a playoff campaign of over a p/g.
Head to Head:
JT Miller - Dylan Larkin - Brock Boeser
Jason Zucker - Elias Pettersson - Jordan Kyrou
Eriksson Ek - Patrice Bergeron - Kevin Labanc
Kieffer Bellows - Ivan Barbashev - Vince Hinostroza
Mark Giordano - Colton Parayko
Rasmus Sandin - Jared Spurgeon
Brian DuMoulin - Erik Johnson
Filip Forsberg - Ryan Johansen - Viktor Arvidsson
Kevin Fiala - Vincent Trochek - Craig Smith
Vlad Namestinkov - Calle Jarnkrok - Josh Bailey
Yanni Gourde - Cody Glass - Colton Sissons
Roman Josi - Ryan Ellis
Mattias Ekholm - Kevin Shattenkirk
Jason Demers - Dante Fabbro
Regular season advantages
In conclusion: RIP: St Louis Blues.