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Young Blues show inexperience

Wednesday, 09.03.2008 / 9:00 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

ST. LOUIS BLUES
2007-08 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2007-08 Points 79
(14th West/27th NHL)
Change from 2006-07 -2
Home Points 46
(13th West/22nd NHL)
Away Points 33
(15th West/29th NHL)

Advantage Margin            -25

The Blues' struggles on the road began on the power play, where they earned 151 power plays (scoring only 20 times) and surrendered 192 (giving up 36 goals).

Even-Strength Goals Margin        -11
       

Brad Boyes had 32 of his team-high 43 goals (and 46 of 65 points) with the Blues at even strength. No one else had more than the 14 scored by Keith Tkachuk.
   
Special Teams Goal Margin        -19


The Blues finished dead last on the power play, converting only 14.1 percent of their chances and scoring just 47 goals. They also allowed 13 shorthanded goals, more than any team except the New York Islanders. The penalty-killers were first at home (88.0 percent), but 21st on the road (81.3).

Goals by defensemen            17


One reason the Blues struggled to score was a lack of production from the blue line. Former No. 1 overall pick Erik Johnson had five goals; no one else scored more than two.
3-5

Overtime Record             Total: 4-8-5
                                                 OT: 1-8
                                                 SO: 3-5

The Blues tied Tampa Bay for the most overtime losses. They didn't tear it up in shootouts, either -- wasting excellent goaltending (6 goals allowed in 26 attempts) due to lack of scoring (5 goals in 27 tries). Brad Boyes had four of the five successful attempts.
   
Times Scored First            40       
Record                              23-8-9       

The Blues were a solid 15-3-5 at home when scoring first, but won just eight times in 17 ties (8-5-4) when they got the first goal away from home.

Best 07-08 Number             6-3-1

The Blues' record against Eastern Conference opponents. The Blues were 4-1-0 in five games against the Northeast Division, all on the road.

Worst 07-08 Number          24

One-goal games lost by the Blues, against 15 wins. The 24 losses were the most in the Western Conference and one behind Florida, the NHL leader.

Scheduling

The Blues have a lot of home games early -- after a home opener and two road games, they play the next seven games in St. Louis. The end of the season is just the opposite: They play nine of their last 13 on the road, including three games in Western Canada and a five-game trip that ends in Phoenix.

Season preview

NORTHEAST

Boston
Buffalo
Montreal
Ottawa
Toronto

SOUTHEAST

Atlanta
Carolina
Florida
Tampa Bay
Washington

Central

Chicago
Columbus
Detroit
Nashville
St. Louis

Northwest

Calgary
Colorado
Edmonton
Minnesota
Vancouver

Pacific

Anaheim
Dallas
Los Angeles
Phoenix
San Jose


Quote of the Day

There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp