Team Recap: 21st-Seeded ’99-’00 St. Louis Blues

The 21st seed of the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the '99-'00 St. Louis Blues.

The 21st seed of the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff, the ’99-’00 St. Louis Blues.

  • Lubos Bartecko (LW)
    • 11 GP   4 G   6 A   10 P   +8   20 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   4 Stars
  • Bob Bassen (C)
    • 9 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   1 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Marc Bergevin (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   +3   13 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jim Campbell (RW)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   +1   0 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Kelly Chase (RW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   -5   9 S   0 GWG   25 PIM   0 Stars
  • Pavol Demitra (LW)
    • 11 GP   7 G   6 A   13 P   +9   59 S   2 GWG   2 PIM   6 Stars
  • Dave Ellett (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jeff Finley (D)
    • 11 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   +11   10 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Michal Handzus (C)
    • 11 GP   6 G   2 A   8 P   +2   29 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   4 Stars
  • Derek King (LW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   5 A   5 P   +1   17 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Al MacInnis (D)
    • 11 GP   4 G   10 A   14 P   +9   67 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   4 Stars
  • Jamal Mayers (C)
    • 9 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   -4   20 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jamie McLennan (G)
    • 1 GP   0-0-0   0.00 GAA   1.000 SV% (5 SA)   0 SO   0 Stars
  • Tyson Nash (LW)
    • 9 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -4   13 S   0 GWG   10 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ricard Persson (D)
    • 4 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +2   4 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Rudy Poeschek (RW)
    • 5 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Chris Pronger (D)
    • 11 GP   3 G   5 A   8 P   Even   59 S   1 GWG   6 PIM   5 Stars
  • Marty Reasoner (C)
    • 11 GP   3 G   6 A   9 P   +8   21 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars
  • Todd Reirden (D)
    • 11 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   +3   17 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Stephane Richer (RW)
    • 11 GP   1 G   7 A   8 P   +9   23 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Roman Turek (G)
    • 11 GP   7-4-0   2.36 GAA   .923 SV%   1 SO   9 Stars
  • Pierre Turgeon (C)
    • 11 GP   2 G   7 A   9 P   +8   27 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Scott Young (RW)
    • 11 GP   4 G   4 A   8 P   +8   43 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   3 Stars

Bold – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 7-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 42
  • Goals/Game: 3.82
  • Goals Allowed: 26
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.36
  • Shots: 482
  • Shots Allowed: 341
  • Shots/Game: 43.8
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 31.0
  • # of PP’s: 17
  • PPG’s: 3
  • PP%: 17.7%
  • TSH: 19
  • PPGA: 2
  • PK%: 89.5%
  • Penalties in minutes: 59

The Blues have always had a reputation of being good, just not good enough. I mean, hell, they’ve made the playoffs 38 times in 47 seasons, but haven’t been the Stanley Cup Finals since the ’69-’70 season, which was their third season of existence. Oh and they made the Finals in all of their first three seasons of existence. Here is the ’99-’00 Blues’ run in this tournament, who lost in the Conference Quarterfinals in the playoffs.

1st Round:

Swept 44th-seeded ’74-’75 Kansas City Scouts, 4-0

2nd Round:

Lost to 12th-seeded ’95-’96 Colorado Avalanche, 4-3, after leading 3-2

Under current Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, the ’99-’00 St. Louis Blues finished the regular season with a 51-19-11-1 record, which was good for 114 points and 1st in the Central Division, as well as the best regular season record. They were ranked 3rd in the league, out of 28 teams, in goals for with 248 and they were ranked 1st in the league in goals against with 165. Hockey Reference ranked St. Louis’ strength of schedule as 11th in the league and their SRS rating system had St. Louis as the best team in the league that year. However, like many of the other great Blues teams, postseason success did not happen. They were eliminated in the Conference Quarterfinals in seven games by the San Jose Sharks.

It was offense by committee for the ’99-’00 Blues, however, they did suffer from some injury problems to their best offensive weapons. Their leading scorer was Pavol Demitra who posted 75 points, but in only  71 games played. Pierre Turgeon was second on the team in 66 points, but in only 52 games. Defenseman Chris Pronger was third on the team in points with 62, in 79 games. Demitra and Turgeon were also first and second on the team in goals, with 28 and 26, respectively. Michal Handzus was third on the team in goals with 25 in 81 games played. Pronger led the team in assists with 48 while Demitra and Turgeon were second and third, with 47 and 40, respectively. Those same three, Pronger, Demitra and Turgeon, in that order, were the top three on the team in plus/minus at +52, +34 and +30. Top defenseman Al MacInnis missed some time due to injury and only appeared in 61 games, but still posted 11 goals and 28 assists for 39 points and was a +20. In net, Roman Turek had a very good season behind the very good St. Louis defense. Turek posted a 1.95 goals against average and a .912 save percentage with seven shutouts. Despite the failure in the playoffs, they did win the Presidents’ Trophy and Pronger was awarded the Hart Trophy for Most Valuable Player.

Up next is the #22 seed, the ’10-’11 Vancouver Canucks!

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