St. Louis Blues (2-0-0, 4 pts)
With a pair of wins including an overtime victory over the Penguins on the night they unveiled their Stanley Cup banner and a home win over what many believe to be a favorite in the Central Division Dallas, the St. Louis Blues land the No. 4 spot in the opening Western Conference Power Rankings. Colton Parayko and Alex Pietrangelo are two of the best defencemen in the NHL and it appears they have enough scoring outside of Vladimir Tarasenko to be a real threat in the West. Last season was up and down, but with some stability behind the bench in Mike Yeo, the Blues are trending in the right direction. Brayden Schenn opened his Blues’ career with an excellent showing against Pittsburgh and so far, looks the part as the No. 2 center behind Paul Stastny.
It isn’t the usual faces in St. Louis, but so far this team has looked explosive offensively and are a good candidate for Central Division champs. You never know with Jake Allen, but he shouldn’t be called upon to have to steal games like he was a season ago. The Blues head east to face the Islanders, Panthers and Lightning for a three-game roadie, so let’s see if they can keep the early season momentum going.