How effective is a mid-season coaching change? In the case of the St. Louis Blues, it turned them from a draft lottery team into a Stanley Cup playoff team. Replacing Mike Yeo behind the bench with Craig Berube, the Blues were languishing near the bottom of the NHL. Berube installed a new style of play that would encourage his team to perform at a faster pace and the Blues launched into the stratosphere like a rocket ship.
It helps when you suit up a player with the natural scoring ability of Vladimir Tarasenko. It was no surprise that this consistent 30-goal producer ignited around the same time that the team did. An unexpected spark to the turnaround was veteran minor-league goalie Jordan Binnington, who erected a wall across his goal net when recalled, winning 16 of his first 20 decisions.
The Blues were one of the six expansion franchises when the NHL was doubled in size to 12 teams in 1967. And until the Vegas Golden Knights came along, the Blues were the benchmark for instant expansion success stories. St. Louis reached the Stanley Cup final in each of its first three seasons in the NHL but the Blues never won the Cup – heck they didn’t single Stanley Cup final game, going 0-8 against Montreal (1968, 1969) and 0-4 against Boston (1970).
They’ve been striving to get the magic back ever since, without success. The Blues haven’t returned to the Cup final since, so while other 1967 expansion squads like the Penguins, Flyers and Kings have all won multiple Cups, the Blues still seek their first inscription on Lord Stanley’s mug.
From a betting standpoint, the Blues are one of the better plays as a road team in the NHL, and they consistently deliver stout returns on under wagers. Why not make a wager on the Blues through BetStars, the sportsbook operated by PokerStars?
Among the markets where you can place a Blues wager at BetStars are three-way bets, team totals odd or even, player match-ups, shootout winner and shootout correct score. In-game options include period betting and the highest-scoring period in the game.