St. Louis Blues Road
The Blues beat the second best in the West, the Minnesota Wild in five games. Although the Wild were not as good as many people expected, St. Louis went on the road and took care of business. After firing Ken Hitchcock, the team gained serious momentum with new Coach Mike Yeo. St. Louis has not turned back since.
Nashville Predators Road
Perhaps the most surprising result from the first round was the Nashville Predator’s four game sweep of the Chicago Blackhawks. Even more surprising was the way Nashville won. In a four game series, the Blackhawks were held to three goals. For that team, that is insane.
The Blues’ blue line: The defense needs to be better for Jake Allen. Allen faced 52, 41, 41, 28, and 37 shots in five games against the Wild. The Blues’ defensemen will need to step up their game and limit shots on goal.
Pekka Rinne: Rinne turned back the clock and absolutely stifled the Blackhawks. A four game series, Chicago scored three goals. Rinne will need to continue to play insanely dominant for the Predators to cruise to the Conference Final.
How the Blues will Win
The blue line needs to help Allen out, but Allen ultimately is the final line of defense. For St. Louis to win, they will need their goaltender to continue shutting down the opposing offense.
How the Predators will Win
Do the exact same thing they did to the Blackhawks. The EXACT same thing. Most will call Chicago elite, so a sweep against an elite team proves you did something right.
Who Should Win
The Wild were not as good as advertised, and St. Louis made sure to prove that. Chicago however, everybody knows what they are capable of. The fact that Nashville held them to three goals in four games shows how defensive they can be. This will be a close series, with one goal victories. It will be an old fashioned goalie duel.
Who Will Win
St. Louis Blues in seven.
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