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Blues set new franchise record for wins, but ‘tomorrow it really means nothing’

Apr 4, 2014, 12:44 AM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues defeated the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday, achieving a new franchise record for wins in a regular season with 52.

That beats the club’s old record, set by the 1999-2000 team that won the Presidents’ Trophy. This season’s edition of the Blues is also in the running to be the league’s top regular season team. At 111 points, they are tied with the Boston Bruins for the top team in the NHL.

“(The record) is a special thing, but tomorrow it really means nothing,” goaltender Brian Elliott told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Thursday night’s game – a 2-1 victory for the Blues – was the first meeting the two teams since Ryan Miller was traded out of Buffalo to St. Louis in a pre-deadline day blockbuster.

Elliott, however, got the start in goal for the Blues. He made 24 saves to improve his record to 18-5-2 this season.

As impressive as the new franchise record is for the Blues, head coach Ken Hitchcock quelled any kind of over-excitement on the occasion, praising the 1999-2000 team.

“The teams that had 51 [wins], there also were ties, so I think you’ve got to be realistic there,” Hitchcock said, as per NHL.com. “It’s a different era now because you’re getting those extra points in shootouts and overtimes and stuff like that.

“I coached against those teams that got the big points and they were awesome teams here … awesome. It’s a nice record, but it’s an improper evaluation. I don’t think it’s fair to that group that got that 51 wins because I know about that group. They were not fun to play against … not fun at all.”

  1. vapor54 - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:05 AM

    Miller-time is working for the Blues

  2. chunkala - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    All this means is that they’ll have an early exit from playoffs.
    There is a zero to negative correlation of success in regular season to success in playoffs.
    That’s why everyone says that the NHL regular season is a joke.

    • 11111111111a22 - Apr 4, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      You’re right. And as such, I expect a strong run for the cup from EDM this year.

      Idiot.

    • sanfranbruinsfan - Apr 4, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      There is some correlation — the president’s trophy winner has appeared in cup finals in 3 out of last 6 finals:

      – Chicago 2012-13
      – Vancouver 2010-11
      – Detroit 2007-08

      And, 7 of the last 12 teams that made it to the cup final won their division. 9 of last 12 finalists were seeded in the top 4 in their conference.

    • pfhockey - Apr 4, 2014 at 4:08 PM

      You’re a moron, “All this means is that they’ll have an early exit from the playoffs”…”There is zero to negative correlation of success in the regular season to success in playoffs” How did you manage to contradict your statement in the very next sentence? You must be really good at not thinking.

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