It’s not even December and the St. Louis Blues (31 points) almost have double the standings points as the Edmonton Oilers (16).
One could have predicted the Blues – a team that just keeps unearthing talent and competing, even if the deep playoff runs remain frustratingly rare – would be a good team. Some might have seen the Oilers slipping. But both of these factors, particularly with the Blues’ bevvy of injuries? It’s quite the mind-number.
With all this in mind, it’s still not out of the question to imagine this being a playoff series, and my, is there a lot of talent involved. McDavid’s joined by the likes of Leon Draisaitl, while the Blues throw out a line that must be considered among the best in the NHL in Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko, and a rising Brayden Schenn.
It should be a fascinating game to check on NBCSN. You can also watch online and via the NBC Sports App.
For an in-depth preview, check out this post.