The Blues are off to a promising start to the new Hockey season, going 4-1-2 in their first seven games. Included in that start are wins over Chicago, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, so it isn't as if they've been feasting on bottom-feeders.
Perhaps most promising is that the Note have gone 4-0 at home. I think this is especially important given their abysmal record at home a year ago. The Blues earned 90 points last year, but missed the playoffs in the tough Western Conference, primarily due to an 18-18-5 record at home. If the Blues had only been able to be a few games over .500 at home, they would have been a playoff team. I think it's important for the confidence of this young group that they build on the quick start and continue to be tough to beat on home ice.
Jaroslav Halak has so far been as good as advertised, posting a 1.81 GAA and a .929 Save Percentage. That trade may be the steal of the off-season and may be what propels the Blues into the post-season again.
The Blues need better performances this year from some of the young forwards, most notably Brad Boyes and Patrik Berglund. I still think this team could use a big-time go-to goal scorer, but I think they have a good balance across their top three lines. Putting the puck in the net will likely be the concern most of the season, but it's good to see David Perron and TJ Oshie in particular off to good offensive starts.
It's only seven games, but I feel good about where this team is at this point......hopefully there will be much more positive things to write about this year.