The St. Louis Blues will be heading to the playoffs for the second straight season, and they will be looking at the playoff match ups closely in hopes that they don’t have to face a certain foe. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was speaking about the potential postseason series’ and there was one team in particular that he pointed out as a team St. Louis would like to avoid.
The team: the Chicago Blackhawks.
“I don’t want to play Chicago right now,” Armstrong said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Other than that, we’re going to be ready to take on whoever has to come. Chicago is the one team that from start to finish has put a three-month distance between itself and the rest of the pack. Anything else in the conference is nothing more than a mild upset.”
The team may not want to play the Blackhawks in the postseason, but they will be forced to play them at least one more time in 2013 with a match up set for the season finale on Saturday.
This season, the Blues are just 1-3-0 against Chicago.
Chicago was one of the hottest teams to start the season once the lockout ended, so when you see their early success and the St. Louis struggles against the Blackhawks, you understand why Armstrong would like to avoid that series.
Still, it is rather interesting that a general manager would publicly say he was looking to avoid a certain opponent.
It is an interesting motivational tactic to say the least.