NHL.com continues its preview of the 2014-15 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
When the St. Louis Blues skated off the ice at United Center in April following a Game 6 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference First Round, it signified another disappointing exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs after a promising regular season.
It marked the third straight season the Blues were eliminated earlier than expected.
After losing to the Los Angeles Kings the previous two seasons and the Blackhawks last spring, the players took the onus on themselves to make marked improvements. It was time to look in the mirror.