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Did you notice? The Blues passed the Blackhawks in the standings

Jan 29, 2014, 1:36 PM EDT

Yep, here’s how it looks after last night’s games:

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The way things look now, there’s a good chance the Blues and Blackhawks will meet in the second round of the playoffs. And considering how close those teams are in terms of quality, home-ice advantage could easily be the deciding factor in that series.

OK, fine, we’re getting ahead of ourselves. It’s fun to imagine possible match-ups though.

Chicago can reclaim top spot in the Central tonight when it visits Vancouver to play the struggling Canucks. The Blues will be left with four games in hand though.

  1. joey4id - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    After a great start to their season the Hawks have seen their lead dwindle sine the end of Nov.

    Nov 12W 3L
    Dec 8W 6L
    Jan 4W 9L

    • joey4id - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Oct 8W 5L

      Oct + Nov 20W 8L
      Dec + Jan 12W 15L

    • blomfeld - Jan 29, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      NO, I ACTUALLY DIDN’T NOTICE THAT … I WAS BUSY EATING A BANANA …

      • jhaegs - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:02 AM

        And busy watching the Kings lose…

  2. Florio_Jr. - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Can someone explain how seeding works in this new format?
    Will it go first place teams get seeds 1-2, second place 3-4, third place 5-6? Will it just be most points regardless of place in Division?

    • joey4id - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      First in conf players wild card with the worst record. Second in conf plays other wild card. 2 and 3 in each div play each other.

    • joey4id - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      according to current standing

      Ducks vs Nucks
      Blues vs Wild
      Chi vs Col
      Hertl vs Brown 😉

  3. bcsteele - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Hey, if only my Blues could get it together against the teams out west I’d have some more confidence. I still like the possibility of Miller coming over. Just not sure how it’d work. Oh well, it only matters if you win in the playoffs so we’ll see what happens. LGB!!!

    • blues1988 - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:04 PM

      when hearing people say that shattenkirk would be the bait for miller, i say no thanks. i’ll take my chances with halak.

      • bcsteele - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        I hadn’t heard that. I would entertain Roy, Stewart, Berglund…but honestly, I don’t think Armstrong will give up a roster player either. I was thinking more along the lines of trading Halak, a good prospect (Jaskin, Rattie, etc), and a pick.

        Maybe that’s a dream though…

      • jhaegs - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        Army has been pretty vocal about not giving up Rattie or Jaskin. He has plans for them in the near future. I could see a roster player like Berglund/Stewart/Roy/Morrow, Halak, and a 2nd/3rd rounder.

        As a Blues fan, I don’t really care that we passed them this early. Talk to me in a couple months hen it really matters.

        LGB

      • wjarvis - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        I’m a Hawk’s fan so I’m admittedly bias against the Blues getting better, but I don’t think getting Miller will really improve them that much. The Blues are third in the league in goals allowed with shutouts in 7 games, allowed 1 goal 12 times, and only 5 where they’ve allowed more than 3, compare that to the Hawks who have 1 shutout, 12 times giving up 1 goal, and 13 times allowing more than 3 goals.

        The Blues are already pretty good in every aspect of the game, there is no need for them to give up high picks or quality prospects for one post season with Miller.

  4. jpelle82 - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    was just a matter of time. 13 out of 55 games for the hawks lost in ot or s/o is just head scratching for me. thats almost a quarter of their games thus far, just think if they won just half of those 13…they would be tied with or ahead of anaheim.

    • joey4id - Jan 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM

      Good catch. Their GAA is high compared to last year. They finished 1st in 12-13 and are currently 15th.

    • areaman714 - Jan 29, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      So. It is much better to win in regulation than take your chances in OT? Got it. Thank you.

      • jpelle82 - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        yeah dont know how you can really analyze it other than they need to find their clutch gene or killer instinct again and find a way to get it done in ot or just dont let it go to ot in the first place.

      • comeonnowguys - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        Part of it is when they half-ass it, or take their foot off the gas (Winnipeg), the things that make them successful bite them. The pinching/covering for the pinching d-man gifts a half dozen odd-man rushes a game, and the no-look centering passes to the front of the goalmouth are getting turned over (going to the well too many times with it).

        I’m not surprised the PK fell off a cliff. The hunger they had last year to kill every penalty just doesn’t seem to be there.

        Also, I don’t have the numbers, but Crawford seems to be strong against the penalty shot, yet terrible in shootouts this year.

        I’m still not worried. They’ve had a few lulls around this time of year–heck, after their streak ended last year, they went into a mini-funk.

        Still, it’s simply now getting annoying. This feels like when they were down 3-1 to Detroit last year. Things will turn around, it’s just a miserable time waiting for it to happen. But hey, don’t get too high with the highs, or too low with the lows.

  5. Florio_Jr. - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Someone explain seeding to me now?

    • comeonnowguys - Jan 29, 2014 at 1:54 PM

      Not with that username.

  6. wjarvis - Jan 29, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Of course winning the central also means there is a decent chance of playing the Kings in the first round, a match up that I’m sure the Blues would love and hate at the same time.

  7. blackhawksdynasty - Jan 29, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Wake me up and ask me about the standings in mid-march

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