Skip to content

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

Apr 4, 2014, 12:44 AM EST

St. Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild Getty Images

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.”

Latest Posts
  1. Firing talk doesn’t bother Bruins’ Julien

    Feb 26, 2015, 7:39 PM EST

    Boston Bruins v Buffalo Sabres Getty Images

    In other news, it appears as though David Krejci is on LTIR.

  2. Report: NHL investigated alleged Clutterbuck spit on Sedin

    Feb 26, 2015, 6:32 PM EST

    New York Rangers v New York Islanders New York Rangers v New York Islanders

    Canucks requested the league take a closer look, but no evidence was found.

  3. Blackhawks deny rumors of locker room fight

    Feb 26, 2015, 6:18 PM EST

    Ottawa Senators v Chicago Blackhawks Getty Images

    Head coach Joel Quenneville said it’s “all news to me.”

  4. Trade: Leafs re-acquire Brennan, send Abbott to ‘Hawks

    Feb 26, 2015, 5:30 PM EST

    Toronto Marlies Getty Images

    A familiar face goes back to the Toronto organization.

  5. Panthers acquire Jagr from Devils

    Feb 26, 2015, 4:39 PM EST

    Jaromir Jagr Sightings In Prague Getty Images

    Bold move from Florida GM Dale Tallon.

  6. Kings to unveil Luc Robitaille statue outside Staples

    Feb 26, 2015, 4:31 PM EST

    2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final – Game Six Getty Images

    Joining the likes of Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Chick Hearn and Oscar De La Hoya.

  7. Welcome back: Blues re-acquire Cracknell from Columbus

    Feb 26, 2015, 4:06 PM EST

    Florida Panthers v Columbus Blue Jackets Getty Images

    Former “CPR Line” line member is headed back to St. Louis.

  8. Trotz doesn’t see a ‘big, sexy, difference-maker guy’ on the market

    Feb 26, 2015, 3:04 PM EST

    Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz Getty Images

    “People are getting excited for mid-range players.”

  9. Still no deal between Williams and cap-strapped Kings

    Feb 26, 2015, 2:02 PM EST

    JustinWilliams Getty Images

    But, his agent says the organization has “respected our position of leaving negotiations until after the season.”

  10. Roy ‘would be surprised’ if O’Reilly is traded

    Feb 26, 2015, 1:42 PM EST

    Ryan O'Reilly Getty Images

    “We would love to have him as an Av for a long time.”

  11. Lack, not Markstrom, to start for Canucks in Buffalo

    Feb 26, 2015, 1:09 PM EST

    Eddie Lack, Jacob Markstrom AP

    Willie Desjardins, playing it safe.

  12. Change of plans: Ducks put Bryzgalov on unconditional waivers (Updated)

    Feb 26, 2015, 12:43 PM EST

    Anaheim Ducks v San Jose Sharks Getty Images

    Just days after he said he’d report to AHL Norfolk.

  13. McKenzie: Rangers ‘linked’ to Tyler Bozak

    Feb 26, 2015, 12:12 PM EST

    TORONTO, ON - DECEMBER 3: Tyler Bozak #42 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates against the San Jose Sharks during an NHL game at the Air Canada Centre on December 3, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Sharks defeated the Leafs 4-2. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

    Has 16 goals and 21 assists this season.

Featured video

Trade deadline storylines to watch
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. D. Krejci (2569)
  2. T. Hall (2332)
  3. B. Wheeler (2161)
  4. K. Shattenkirk (2079)
  5. R. Nash (2068)