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Backes hopes Blues have learned playoff lessons

Apr 24, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

David Backes, Jordin Tootoo AP

For all the regular-season games the St. Louis Blues have won in the last two years, and for all the Western Conference clubs that would prefer to play some other team in the playoffs, the Blues are still a franchise with one — count it, one — postseason series victory in the last decade.

St. Louis captain David Backes knows his team still has a lot to prove.

“We can’t rest like we’ve accomplished something,” Backes said, per the Post-Dispatch. “We tried that five years ago in Vancouver and we got to go home pretty quick that year. I think last year we thought we had accomplished something after winning one series and the same thing happened. So lessons have been learned and we’ll use those to hopefully push us further and further in the playoffs.”

The Blues have had a rather tumultuous season. They’ve had a six-game winning streak; they’ve had a five-game losing skid. Their goaltending has been great during stretches; it’s been awful during others. Earlier in the season, the offense was rolling; lately, it’s sputtered.

Will it all come together for the playoffs?

First things first — St. Louis is still battling for seeding. The Blues have two games left, both at home, versus Calgary tomorrow and Chicago Saturday. At best, they can finish fourth in the conference. At worst, seventh.

Related: Blues GM Armstrong on playoff matchups: ‘I don’t want to play Chicago’

  1. salmon90 - Apr 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    I’m hoping these guys get matched up against LA. These guys deserve each other. That way at least one of these teams will be eliminated by Round 2 and we won’t have to endure BOTH a Hitchcock and Sutter team moving on.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:03 PM

    I wonder what they learned from their GM’s stupid remark about not wanting to play the hawks.

    • valoisvipers - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:54 PM

      Yeah, that was really a weird thing for him to say. It’s something that you can think but never say but the cat is out of the bag now. If the Blues find some offense they could go deep.

  3. 22bju - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Dudes, what’s wrong with the Blues. They rely heavily on defense and goaltending. They outwork you, and that is their method for success. The hockey is still fast paced with a lot of action, just not a lot of goals. Kings are very similar, i would agree to that.

    Stupid remarks? More like irrelevant, no way do the Blues play Blackhawks in the first round. 2nd round best case scenario.

    • 22bju - Apr 24, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Oh and Hawks don’t want to play the Blues either.

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