The Blues rolled into the postseason as the second seed in the Western Conference, finishing with 109 points. Their Central Division rivals -- Detroit, Chicago and Nashville -- had them well-tested for the postseason. Unfortunately, St. Louis was swept out of the conference semi-final round by Cup champions Los Angeles. The four-game sweep was hard to swallow, but the Blues should return as a top contender out west.
The outlook didn't look this rosy early on last year when St. Louis was 6-7 and fired head coach Davis Payne. The team took off under new head coach, Ken Hitchcock, going 7-1-2 in his first 10 games as bench leader. The coaching change was certainly significant in the team's turnaround, but the slow start coincided with poor play from No. 1 goalie Jaroslav Halak. If not for the good work of backup Brian Elliott, Payne may have been sacked sooner. Once Halak righted himself, the Blues clamped down on opponents, playing the way a team ranked 22nd in goal scoring mu You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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