With all of their key contributors back from a 109-point season in 2011-12, the St. Louis Blues entered 2013 with high expectations. With just over two weeks of the season already in the books, they haven’t done anything to disappoint. The Blues have won six of their first eight contests and currently have the third-most points in the Western Conference. As St. Louis looks to gain ground on the Central Division-leading Chicago Blackhawks, Whiztix.com is the place to go to find the best deals on Blues tickets.
Even though the top six point-getters from last year’s Blues’ squad are back in the fold this season, it’s a new face who is pacing St. Louis in points thus far. Vladimir Tarasenko, a 21-year-old right winger from Russia, has bursted onto the scene in his rookie campaign. After playing four seasons in the KHL in Russia, the Blues’ 2010 first round selection has already netted five goals in his first eight NHL games. The early Rookie of the Year candidate also has five assists and is tied for the team lead with a +6 plus-minus rating.
Several other young players have been key cogs in the Blues’ high-powered offensive attack. Center Patrik Berglund, left winger David Perron, and right winger T.J. Oshie have each accounted for seven points in St. Louis’s first eight games. Berglund is tied with Tarasenko for the team lead with five goals.
Not only do the Blues have the third-highest scoring offense in the league thus far, but they have no shortage of talent along the blue line either. After notching the first 50-point season of his career a year ago, defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is also off to a solid start this season, recording eight points in his first eight games. In addition, after having a breakout season in 2011-12 with 43 points and a +20 plus-minus rating, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has picked up right where he left off, recording nine points and earning a +5 plus-minus in the early stages of his 2013 campaign.
Blues’ head coach Ken Hitchcock has a luxury that few coaches can afford—he has two proven goaltenders he can call upon. In 2011-12, Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak split time pretty evenly, with both netminders posting a sub-2.00 goals-against average. The duo is continuing to share time this season; Halak has already recorded two shutouts, and both goalies have a goals-against average below 2.40.
St. Louis had its recent five-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, but the Blues will have a chance to utilize home ice to get back to their winning ways. St. Louis will open up a crucial four-game homestand with a visit from two divisional rivals—Nashville on Tuesday and Detroit on Thursday. The 5-1-1 Anaheim Ducks come to town on Saturday, and then the Blues will have a chance to exact revenge on the team that knocked them out of the playoffs a year ago when the Los Angeles Kings visit St. Louis next Monday.
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Tickets for Tuesday’s match-up with the Predators currently start at $20, while prices begin at $35 for the Red Wings game on Thursday. Blues fans can come see the Ducks for as low as $43 on Saturday and the Kings for as little as $20 next Monday.