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01-29-2013, 10:07 PM
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Blues Shot Differential is Off the Charts

I was skeptical of St. Louis being a contender this season because last season they relied too much on their goaltending. Namely, Brian Elliott gave them a half season's worth of a .940 svp and there's no way that was sustainable going into this season.

Yet the Blues have picked up right where they left off with a 5-1 start, but how they've done it is a complete reversal from how they won last year. Their goaltending svp is 7th worst in the league so far (it was 1st last year), but unlike last year they are completely dominating the play between the goalies (and behind the net).

Through 6 games their shot differential is +13.7 per game. To give you an idea of how incredible that is, Ottawa is second at +5.8, Phoenix third at +5.7, and Carolina fourth at +5.4. Last year's leader was Pittsburgh at +6.5, and San Jose before that at +5.6.

No doubt that 13.7 will come down, but it's still an impressive display of dominance in the early season. How are they doing it?

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01-29-2013, 10:11 PM
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While being impressive, it's their play style. At the end of the day, wins and losses are much more important.

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01-29-2013, 10:12 PM
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They're doing it by having great transitional play led by Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk. Same way Ottawa and Phoenix are doing it (albeit not as well).

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They have a lot of good players. That's pretty much the best explaination

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01-29-2013, 10:25 PM
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Yet the Blues have picked up right where they left off with a 5-1 start, but how they've done it is a complete reversal from how they won last year. Their goaltending svp is 7th worst in the league so far (it was 1st last year), but unlike last year they are completely dominating the play between the goalies (and behind the net).
No, they did that last year too. The Blues were fourth best in shot differential, behind Pittsburgh, San Jose, and Detroit.

Oh, and in 2010-11, before they hired Hitchcock, the Blues were 6th best in shot differential.

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01-29-2013, 10:29 PM
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A great roster + small sample size

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01-29-2013, 10:31 PM
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They're a perfect storm kinda team, just like Chicago was in 2010. They have so much talent on affordable contracts this year.

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Blues have been a good territorial team for a while now.

But you're right about Elliott's save percentage.

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01-29-2013, 10:38 PM
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Helps when you have a guy like Tarasenko getting a lot of shots on goal.

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01-29-2013, 10:41 PM
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Halak and Elliot didn't play oversees during the lockout and are just off to a slow start. Several of the players didn't play either and started slow, but have picked it up the past 2 games. I have a feeling if the Blues stay healthy, they will be firing on all cylinders soon and start steam rolling teams. Their roster is loaded.

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They're doing it by having great transitional play led by Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk. Same way Ottawa and Phoenix are doing it (albeit not as well).
This, as well as the fact that both them and Redden are very good at getting shots through.

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01-29-2013, 11:13 PM
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Yep and they are like 3rd in the NHL in goals scored.

Don't tell HF that though because that's too boring for them.

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01-29-2013, 11:18 PM
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The stats are skewed because they have played Dallas already and some other teams haven't yet.

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01-29-2013, 11:25 PM
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Well I'm not sure how much my input is worth, probably not much, but the Blues have so much depth now. Tarasenko is a true goal scorer and he was worth the wait. And all of the other forwards add so much. There's not a single player on the team that I would say doesn't belong. They all offer so much. They all have skill and good teamwork ethics.

Some of them were off to a slow start, like Perron, but he definitely got his game back in the last two games. I don't think Halak and Elliott are up to par with who they should be yet. Neither of them have faced too many hard saves so far. Blues defense is just too good and maybe it's spoiling them. I don't know. But all four lines have been pretty damn sharp. I trust all of them.

There's not a player on this team right now that I dislike.

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The Blues dominated the whole ice last year, too. Fenwick, basic shot differential, shots against. If you didn't see that last year, you didn't watch them. This year, their goalies have made brilliant saves but also have let up some weak ones. With so few shots against, the numbers are skewed. The skaters will continue to dominate and the goalies will get back to normal with a larger sample size.

They're doing it because they're skilled. Even without huge offensive star forwards, they have great puck control and passing skills and very smart players. It all starts with good defensemen who are good at puck retrieval and movement and goes out from there.

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They're underrated talentwise, with too much credited to the system IMO. They have a great system for sure, but without the very solid talent and amazing depth, and the right goaltenders for the system, it doesn't lead to off the charts performances like they're having.

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Only boring teams outshoot their opponents by that much. Most exciting teams simply want to play a close game.

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It's only exciting if you let the opposition get plenty of shots as well.

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Not wrong. His system and style is perfect for the St. Louis squad.

Put someone like Ron Wilson as the coach of the Blues and try and see them replicate those numbers.
Seconded, this Blues team is eerily similar in both build and play style to the '98-'01 Stars.

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Hawks outshot the Blues and won...just sayin'

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Hawks outshot the Blues and won...just sayin'
Nope. The Hawks were outshot by the Blues and won.

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The Blues fans have simply sold their souls for a cup.

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