2009 preview: St Louis Blues

 The St. Louis Blues surprised everyone last year by making it to the playoffs.

They won’t be doing that again.

Teams are going to be ready to play this young team that matured quickly last season.

The Blues will have to play their best every night if they want to make it back to the postseason.

Story of the season:How will some of the Blues players react to a decrease in ice time? Last year saw a lot of injuries to the Blues. Paul Kariya played only 11 games. Andy McDonald played only 46. Erik Johnson missed the whole season. Now that these players are back, a lot of the guys who stepped up last year are going to see their ice time decrease. And that will probably mean less points, and more talk about not living up to last year’s potential. How the Blues handle it will go a long way to whether they can make the playoffs or not.

Former Habs: None

Blog to follow: Bleedin’ Blue

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Pool Picks:Paul Kariya. He may be off the radar because of an injury last year, but he had 15 points in 11 games before that. Look for him to get about 75 points this season . Stay away from:David Backes. He exploded onto the scene last year with 54 points, which matched what he got in the previous two years combined. He was fortunate to get more ice time because of injuries on the team. He won’t be as fortunate this year, and will probably finish with 30 points.

Award nominees:Paul Kariya for the Masterton

Expected Finish: Fourth in the Central, 10th in the west

Cheerleader:Kimora Lee Simmons is from St. Louis.

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