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NHL Power Rankings: #6 – St. Louis Blues

STRENGTHS: David Backes, Alex Steen, and Paul Stastny should form one of the best shutdown lines in the NHL. Jori Lehtera, Jaden Schwartz, and Vladimir Tarasenko should form one of the best scoring lines in the NHL. Their blue line group is arguably the best in the league.

WEAKNESSES: They’re a great regular season team. No question about that. However, they fall apart in the playoffs. They’ve got to find the answer to why they fall aprt and ensure that it doesn’t happen. The T.J. Oshie trade was horrible for them. All they have to show for it this season is Troy Brouwer.

OUTLOOK: Regular season success isn’t enough for the Blues anymore. If they don’t have postseason success, expect huge changes in St. Louis.

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