The NHL Central division has long been seen as the best and/or toughest division in hockey, if not sports. This season, it’s been a rather crazy ride for everyone involved so far. There are plenty of chinks in everyone’s armor now.
What a difference a week makes. Last week I, and almost everyone else, was acting like a regular Nostradamus and prophesying the end.
It was going to be the end for Ken Hitchcock. He had run his course in St. Louis and it was either Mike Yeo’s turn or the team should blow up the entire staff and start anew.
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It was going to be the end for one or more players. Doug Armstrong had to make a deal to shake up this team or the season would be lost.
There wasn’t this much talk of doom and darkness since we were introduced to the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. Only seven days later and it seems like we’re all peachy.
The truth may still be somewhere in the middle. It feels a lot less oppressive to be a Blues fan after their last three games than it did the week prior though.
Ok, maybe you throw out the week’s opening win. The Blues haven’t lost to the Sabres this decade, so a 4-1 win isn’t quite as impressive as you’d like.
After all, the Blues had just beaten Colorado 5-1 not long before. After that, it was some good stuff though.
The Blues gained a measure of revenge against the team that kept them from reaching the finals. The 3-2 win over San Jose was pretty nice, even if there were too many penalties and the same things that went wrong during the losses.
Finally, you wrap up the week with a divisional win and I don’t care who it is against, that’s good. Keeping Nashville on their rear is an especially nice touch, especially since they had just defeated the Blues by the same score of 3-1 nine days prior.