By Evan Moore
The Hockey News has made their prediction on who will raise Lord Stanley’s Cup at the end of the 2013-2014 season. Blackhawks fans may want to turn away. The St. Louis Blues is the team The Hockey News believes will win the Stanley Cup in the upcoming 2013-2014 season.
The Blues were also picked to go far last season but they were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Los Angeles Kings. The Hockey News believes that the Blues have learned from the playoff disappointments from last two seasons.
“The St. Louis Blues came within two points of first in the West last season, largely because they were the NHL’s top defensive team, riding amazing efforts by goaltenders Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak,”according to the staff. They also believe that the Blackhawks' downfall this season will be the result of standing pat during the offseason.
“The Hawks settled for status quo this offseason, failing to add a marquee free agent or pull a major trade. That means a few problem areas weren’t addressed.”
The Blues will host the defending Stanley Cup Champion,the Chicago Blackhawks on Oct 9.