October 8, 2013

The Spirit of St Louis


Ahh the St Louis Blues....

Make no mistake, I am first and foremost an Ottawa Senators fan..but that's in the East. After seeing St Louis' sports highlights during last season, especially during the playoffs, they are now my favorite team in the West

They are the only team from the expansion yet to win a Stanley Cup. And this may be their year. 

Before I go further, I should add that at work I entered a hockey pool (separate, next post). I chose the Blues as my team (basically, 'what if Ottawa doesn't go all the way?' I'd love them bu they aren't really a 'playoff team'. And besides, they are in the East, Blues in the West so I don't feel guilty following another team too) and Brian Elliott as my goalie. 

Now, back to my post.

About *2-3* days after my post, I saw this little dandy:

"NHL 14 picks Blues to win Stanley Cup"

EA games ran a simulator that had the Blues beat the Penguins in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, winning the Cup. Here is a rundown by EA games [this is the end of the note by me, click the jump to see the stats EA came up with].
 


  The puck is almost ready to drop on the latest NHL season and the EA SPORTS NHL team is keeping tradition alive with another season simulation. With new league alignment, new rosters, and new rookies all factoring into the equation, we’ve unleashed NHL 14 to battle it all out and decide which franchise will rise to the top when the dust finally settles next year.
Eastern Conference:
Not only was the Eastern Conference’s landscape changed with new divisions, but the addition of the Detroit Red Wings injects even more top-tier talent for teams to face off against.
  1. Pittsburgh Penguins – 106 pts
  2. Boston Bruins – 104 pts
  3. Detroit Red Wings – 102 pts
  4. New York Rangers – 101 pts
  5. Washington Capitals – 100 pts
  6. Montreal Canadiens – 91 pts
  7. Toronto Maple Leafs – 89 pts – Wild Card
  8. New York Islanders – 89 pts – Wild Card
  9. Ottawa Senators – 86 pts
  10. Philadelphia Flyers – 84 pts
  11. New Jersey Devils – 84 pts
  12. Columbus Blue Jackets – 84 pts
  13. Tampa Bay Lightning – 83 pts
  14. Buffalo Sabres – 77 pts
  15. Carolina Hurricanes – 74 pts
  16. Florida Panthers – 73 pts
Metropolitan Division:
The Metropolitan Division saw star-power propel the top three teams into the playoffs, with the Penguins winning the division title. The ever-improving Islanders stepped in to snag the Wild Card spot.
  1. Pittsburgh Penguins – 106 pts
  2. New York Rangers – 101 pts
  3. Washington Capitals 100 pts
  4. New York Islanders – 89 pts – Wild Card
  5. Philadelphia Flyers – 84 pts
  6. New Jersey Devils – 84 pts
  7. Columbus Blue Jackets – 84 pts
  8. Carolina Hurricanes – 74 pts
Atlantic Division:
The Atlantic Division’s playoff spots were filled completely by Original Six teams, with the Bruins hanging their first-ever Atlantic Division title banner from the rafters. The Leafs snatched up the Wild Card for their second postseason berth in as many years.
  1. Boston Bruins – 104 pts
  2. Detroit Red Wings – 102 pts
  3. Montreal Canadiens – 91 pts
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs – 89 pts – Wild Card
  5. Ottawa Senators – 86 pts
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning – 83 pts
  7. Buffalo Sabres – 77 pts
  8. Florida Panthers – 73 pts

Western Conference:
Stacked with talent and boasting the previous two Stanley Cup Championship teams in the mix, the Western Conference welcomed the Winnipeg Jets as it tried to keep the Cup in the West for a third-straight year.
  1. Chicago Blackhawks – 108 pts
  2. L.A. Kings – 100 pts
  3. St. Louis Blues – 99 pts
  4. Vancouver Canucks – 93 pts
  5. San Jose Sharks – 90 pts
  6. Minnesota Wild – 90 pts
  7. Dallas Stars – 89 pts  – Wild Card
  8. Edmonton Oilers – 89 pts – Wild Card
  9. Anaheim Ducks – 85 pts
  10. Phoenix Coyotes – 84 pts
  11. Nashville Predators – 83 pts
  12. Winnipeg Jets – 77 pts
  13. Colorado Avalanche – 76 pts
  14. Calgary Flames – 75 pts
Pacific Division:
In the Pacific Division, three playoffregulars cracked the NHL’s second season with the L.A. Kings laying claim to the new division’s inaugural title. The Edmonton Oilers finally made good on their wealth of prospects, picking up a Wild Cardberth.
  1. L.A. Kings – 100 pts
  2. Vancouver Canucks – 93 pts
  3. San Jose Sharks – 90 pts
  4. Edmonton Oilers – 89 pts – Wild Card
  5. Anaheim Ducks – 85 pts 
  6. Phoenix Coyotes – 84 pts
  7. Calgary Flames – 75 pts
Central Division:
Capturing the President’s Trophy for a second consecutive year, the Blackhawks aimed to do the same with the Cup while the Stars also punched their ticket into the postseason with a Wild Card finish.
  1. Chicago Blackhawks – 108 pts
  2. St. Louis Blues – 99 pts
  3. Minnesota Wild – 90 pts
  4. Dallas Stars – 89 pts – Wild Card
  5. Nashville Predators – 83 pts
  6. Winnipeg Jets – 77 pts
  7. Colorado Avalanche – 76 pts
Stanley Cup Finals: St. Louis Blues vs. Pittsburgh Penguins
With the regular season in the bag, the St. Louis Blues stepped up to battle their way into the Stanley Cup Finals. After facing off against some of the league’s most talented skaters on the Pens bench, it was the Blues who ultimately proved they had the deeper team game when push came to shove. Coming together to down the Penguins in Game 6 of the Finals, St. Louis hoisted its first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Stanley Cup Winners: St. Louis Blues

Awards:
  • Stanley Cup: St. Louis Blues
  • Presidents’ Trophy: Chicago Blackhawks (CHI)
  • Conn Smythe Trophy: Alex Pietrangelo (STL)
  • Hart Memorial Trophy: Sidney Crosby  (PIT)
  • Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby (PIT)
  • James Norris Memorial Trophy: Duncan Keith (CHI)
  • Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy: Steven Stamkos  (TBL)
  • Vezina Trophy: Tuukka Rask (BOS)
  • Frank J. Selke Trophy: Jonathan Toews (CHI)
  • Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: Pavel Datsyuk (DET)
  • Calder Memorial Trophy: Jonathan Drouin (TBL)
  • Ted Lindsay: Sidney Crosby(PIT)
    Scoring Leaders

     
    GP
    Goals
    Assists 
    Points
    plus/minus
    PIM
    Sidney Crosby
    82
    41
    68
    109
    19
    54
    Steven Stamkos
    82
    64
    38
    102
    22
    34
    Alex Ovechkin
    79
    53
    48
    101
    30
    40
    John Tavares
    82
    37
    54
    91
    24
    22
    Nicklas Backstrom
    80
    22
    69
    91
    8
    22
    Evgeni Malkin
    77
    27
    61
    88
    20
    15
    Martin St. Louis
    69
    23
    63
    86
    17
    8
    Jordan Eberle
    82
    25
    61
    86
    -4
    22
    Taylor Hall
    78
    36
    45
    81
    -9
    26
    Henrik Sedin
    82
    20
    60
    80
    15
    24
    Zach Parise
    77
    31
    48
    79
    8
    26
    Jason Spezza
    80
    23
    56
    79
    -6
    30
    Jonathan Toews
    75
    30
    48
    78
    22
    42
    Patrick Kane
    82
    25
    52
    77
    3
    20
    Logan Couture
    82
    24
    53
    77
    3
    32
    Daniel Sedin
    79
    34
    42
    76
    19
    45
    Ryan Getzlaf
    81
    26
    49
    75
    0
    66
    Jamie Benn
    82
    32
    42
    74
    -3
    78
    Joe Thornton
    82
    21
    53
    74
    6
    38
    Phil Kessel
    76
    41
    33
    74
    -4
    36

Goaltending Leaders

 
Wins
GAA
Save%
SO
Tuukka Rask
41
2.21
92.9
7
Henrik Lundqvist
41
2.29
93.4
4
Jonathan Quick
40
2.49
92.5
5
Corey Crawford
39
2.45
92.7
4
Roberto Luongo
37
2.29
93
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