As NHL resumes after the Olympic break, we have some teams that could really benefit from these past games. The time is now for the St.Louis Blues to make a move in the standings and playoffs. As Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo come back with their gold medals from the Olympics, there is an opposite feeling on the other side of the dressing room from T.J. Oshie and David Backes. Oshie and Backes, who had played great for the U.S.A, fell short, placing fourth to Finland. Coming off a two game win streak before the break against Boston and the Jets, St.Louis will be in Vancouver on Wednesday. The Blues and Blackhawks both have 84 points, but St.Louis sits on top with four more wins and three games in hand.
The Blackhawks will be looking for their second cup in a row and third in the last five years come this spring. Benefiting from the most players in the Olympics with 10, Chicago is sitting in good position to do just that. One problem that plagues the Blackhawks, though, is their inability to win in overtime. Having lost to Phoenix on February 7th, the Hawks will try to get back in the win column versus the Rangers on Thursday night. Chicago heads outdoors on March 1st, taking on the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field as part of the Stadium Series.
After a dismal 16 win short season last year, the Avalanche are no longer looking in from the outside. Built with young and talented players, these Avalanche must be taken seriously down the stretch as they try to make their mark come spring time. The Avalanche sit third in the Central Division, with a ten point cushion on the Minnesota Wild. Colorado will be trying for two wins in a row when they play in L.A on Wednesday.
Captain America Zach Parises‘ Wild are riding a two game win streak against Tampa Bay and Nashville. Bad news has hit the Wild again, as goalie Josh Harding may have to miss the remainder of the season. Minnesota has 69 points and 31 wins in 59 games this season,a fact which is not bad if one considers that they have had to deal with injuries to key players. The Wild sit five points above Dallas in the Division and a point ahead of L.A in the West. Thursday night, the Wild will be taking on the Edmonton Oilers at home.