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Do the Blues have enough offensive firepower to win the Cup?

Jul 18, 2012, 9:45 PM EST

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The St. Louis Blues have a solid, well-rounded defense, superb goaltending, and a head coach that knows how to get the most out of both. That alone is enough to make them a dangerous team going into the 2012-13 campaign, but it’s not enough to win the Stanley Cup.

As much as goaltending and defense are vital, you still need to compliment it with a great group of forwards. It’s the difference between the Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings.

The Kings just barely made the playoffs because they weren’t getting a lot of offensive production for the better part of the regular season. They averaged just 2.29 goals per game, which put them in 29th place in the NHL. However, what’s important to remember about the Kings is that they already had all the pieces for success, they just weren’t all clicking at the same time for most of the regular season.

Los Angeles averaged 2.85 goals per contest in the postseason, thanks to their top-notch cast of forwards that included Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, and their mid-season acquisition Jeff Carter. Only the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers averaged more goals per game during the playoffs.

St. Louis only had five players with over 40 points in 2011-12, including two defensemen. To their credit, they do have a couple of players that might be able to step up and have bigger seasons like David Perron, Chris Stewart, and Andy McDonald. Vladimir Tarasenko might also provide the team with some valuable secondary scoring if he can make the jump straight from the KHL to the Blues.

There’s enough talent there that the team might be able to compete with what they have under ideal circumstances. However, seeing as the best case scenario rarely plays out, they would benefit from acquiring another strong top-six forward, either over the summer or at the trade deadline.

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  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    No.

    • tru2joelu4eva - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      haha you beat me to it… but seriously, you’re right. no. no they do not.

    • spetznaz777 - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:05 AM

      haha somehow i agree and disagree. agree that probably they dont, but somehow i see them getting hot like LA last year and barnstorming to the finals. dont quote me on that though.

  2. bluesrawesome - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Possibly. Mcdonald(missed 57), Perron(missed 25), and Steen(missed 39) are anchors in the blues offensive production. I think both Mcdonald and Perron will hit or get very close to 60 point mark while Steen probably 50 or around their. I think Oshie will improve his offensive numbers as well but not by much. I think Taresenko can be a 40-55 point guy, he lit the KHL up as a 20 year old. I also think if they get a top paring left handed d man to play with Petro would help with puck moving and power play because that player will have to be able to move the puck because that’s what both Army and Hitch want.

    • spetznaz777 - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:07 AM

      tarasenko rookie of the year 70 points. you seen it here.

  3. bluessince1991 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    They’ve got as good of a chance as anybody. If they can get their top forwards healthy and play for most of the season it will help out with out scoring woes. I’m still not sold on Oshie, I know most fans are hoping they can get him signed to a long term deal at a good price, but I don’t think it’s going to happen. He’s shown his immaturity over the past few years and has a big ego, big enough to the point where he probably thinks he’s worth more than what he really is. I wouldn’t mind seeing them package him with some other young talent, they are pretty loaded with it, and trade for a top level player. The Blues have sat back and watched all the top free agents sign elsewhere without much of a push to get them in St.Louis over the past few years. I think the new ownership needs to do it as many fans have been getting frustrated with the lack of effort in the free agent/trade market. Most players that have played there have always said how much they like living there so I dont think they will have as much trouble getting the commitments that most people think.

    • spetznaz777 - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:09 AM

      id agree with you till the point where oshie puts fans in the seats, fans that they lost after the lockout. theyll lose oshie when he hits FA in the next 4 to 5 years to someone within the division mostlikely red wings in which i will still root for him.

  4. highlander24 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Not as long as the Los Angeles Kings are in their way. GKG!!!

    • blomfeld - Jul 19, 2012 at 1:34 AM

      THAT’S RIGHT FRIEND … NOBODY CARES ONE BIT !

      With all due respect to those decent, values-driven and loyal Blues’ fans, nobody really gives a hoot about this stuff ! As far as we Kings’ fans are concerned, Saint Louis was nothing more than “victim # 2″ on our glorious march to Cup victory this year ! We wish you people well, but God help you, should we ever meet again “up there on the high ground” …

      GO KINGS GO FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. charleslouis99 - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    and no fans will care when its the kings day on pht lol quit making a bad reputation for an already embarrassing fanbase silly kings fans

  6. jernster21 - Jul 19, 2012 at 3:03 AM

    The Blues have a good team no doubt but their success was mostly attributed to Halak/Elliott, and goaltending was pretty much the reason they got eliminated in the playoffs other than the fact that they ran into the power house that was the kings which happened to win the whole thing anyway so they shouldn’t feel too bad.

    • paperlions - Jul 19, 2012 at 7:39 AM

      Halak and Elliott are good goalies, but they are only part of the Blues defensive success. They were good for a while because all 5 skaters were hounding the puck and they rarely gave up good scoring chances…during the playoffs, especially after losing AP, their defense completely broke down, regularly leave guys all alone in front of the net.

      • mickeyb21 - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:12 AM

        Thank you for actually watching what went wrong in the playoffs instead of blaming Elliott. The defensive play (forwards and defense) did not play as a group like they did during the season. Part of that I thought was due to the extra pressure of losing the opening games at home and also trying too hard when Petro was out. Game 1 was close until the penalty where Petro got hurt. Did not play the same way after that. Game 2 was trying to do too much and failing and then losing all composure. Game 3 was more on Elliott than any other game. Still, the defense gave up too many opportunities. Game 4 was just another game that could have gone either way. Stupid d-zone turnover led to the first goal and gave the Kings even more confidence. I hope the Blues are better prepared mentally for the playoffs next year.

      • paperlions - Jul 19, 2012 at 9:21 AM

        It was so hard to watch, no discipline, guys running around all over the place, no one staying with their man….I know losing Petro hurt, but they spend most of the year with a lot of guys hurt…they just felt the pressure and guys stopped taking care of their own responsibilities…hopefully, they will learn from that…they have plenty of tape of what not to do….that’s for sure.

  7. savior72 - Jul 19, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    This is a stupid question to ask. Who wouldn’t want more offensive power?

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