Ivan Barbashev’s phenomenal season leads the Blues’ powerful 4th line.
The St. Louis Blues 4th line, as it’s currently constituted, has a combined 29 goals and 39 assists, for a point total of 68.
A 4-1 series win seems convincing. At first glance, you might think that. The Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 to advance to the Western Conference semi-finals yesterday afternoon. Four to one is lopsided. On the surface, it seems the Blues made relatively quick work of the Wild.
I’m impressed that the Blues are coming back to St. Louis with a 2-0 lead in their series with the Minnesota Wild in Round 1. I’m impressed with the play of Jake Allen, whose struggles mid-season seem so far away now. I’m impressed with the timely goals of unlikely scorer Joel Edmundson, who has 1 less goal in the playoffs than he did the entirety of the regular season (2 to 3). And I’m impressed with the maturity of young players like Ivan Barbashev and Zach Sanford in the first two games.