Team Recap: 21st-seeded ’69-’70 St. Louis Blues

The 21st-seeded '69-'70 St. Louis Blues

The 21st-seeded ’69-’70 St. Louis Blues

  • Ron Anderson (RW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   -1   29 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Al Arbour (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   1 A   1 P   +9*   4 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Red Berenson (C)
    • 11 GP   6 G   6 A   12* P   Even   91* S   0 GWG   2 PIM   3 Stars
  • Andre Boudrias (LW)
    • 10 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Terry Crisp (C)
    • 11 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -1   17 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Tim Ecclestone (LW)
    • 11 GP   3 G   1 A   4 P   -1   46 S   2 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Phil Goyette (C)
    • 11 GP   5 G   5 A   10 P   +4   38 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Larry Keenan (LW)
    • 11 GP   0 G   7* A   7 P   +2   15 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bill McCreary (LW)
    • 1 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   0 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Ab McDonald (LW)
    • 11 GP   4 G   7* A   11 P   +2   45 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   2 Stars
  • Noel Picard (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   2 A   3 P   +8   6 S   0 GWG   10* PIM   0 Stars
  • Barclay Plager (D)
    • 11 GP   1 G   7* A   8 P   -6   40 S   0 GWG   10* PIM   6 Stars
  • Bob Plager (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   3 A   3 P   +3   23 S   0 GWG   8 PIM   0 Stars
  • Jacques Plante (G)
    • 11 GP   11 GS   7-4-0   2.91 GAA   .928 SV%   0 SO   10* Stars
  • Jimmy Roberts (D)
    • 11 GP   1 G   2 A   3 P   -7   30 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Gary Sabourin (RW)
    • 11 GP   8* G   4 A   12* P   Even   76 S   3* GWG   6 PIM   6 Stars
  • Frank St. Marseille (RW)
    • 11 GP   6 G   5 A   11 P   +4   44 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   2 Stars
  • Jean-Guy Talbot (D)
    • 11 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   2 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   0 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 7-4-0
  • Goals Scored: 35
  • Goals/Game: 3.18
  • Goals Allowed: 30
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.73
  • Shots: 508
  • Shots Allowed: 442
  • Shots/Game: 46.2
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 40.2
  • # of PP’s: 34
  • PPG’s: 5
  • PP%: 14.7%
  • TSH: 18
  • PPGA: 3
  • PK%: 83.3%
  • Penalties in minutes: 54

The ’69-’70 regular season was just the third of the St. Louis Blues’ existence. However, they reached the Stanley Cup Final in all three of their first three seasons. Unfortunately, they have not made it since. The ’69-’70 Blues were making their first Ultimate NHL Playoff appearance and they were able to match what the Blues’ representative did in the inaugural UNP.

First Round:

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

Second Round:

Lost to 12th-seeded ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers, 4-3

Head coach Scotty Bowman led the ’69-’70 Blues to a 37-27-12 record, which was good for 86 points and 1st in the NHL’s new West Division. St. Louis was 6th in the league offensively, out of 12 teams, averaging just under three goals per game. They were 2nd in the league in goals against, allowing just 2.36 goals per game. According to Hockey Reference, St. Louis had the easiest strength of schedule in the league for the ’69-’70 season. Hockey Reference’s SRS ranked the Blues as the 6th-best team in the league that year and that rating of 0.45 is 12th-best in St. Louis’ history. The Blues began the playoffs against the Minnesota North Stars and were able to dispatch them in six games. Then, in the Semifinals, the Blues defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in six games, as well. In the Stanley Cup Final, they ran up against the powerful Boston Bruins. They lost badly in the first three games, but lost in overtime of Game 4 to complete their third straight loss in the Final.

The Blues were led offensively by veterans like Phil Goyette and Red Berenson. They were the top two leading scorers with 78 and 72 points, respectively. Berensen was the team’s leading goal-scorer with 33 goals while Goyette was second with 29, but Goyette was the team’s top playmaker with 49 assists. Frank St. Marseille was second behind Goyette with 43 assists. St. Louis had two players breach the century mark in penalties in minutes and they were actually brothers. Barclay Plager and Bob Plager led the Blues with 128 and 113 penalties in minutes with Bob achieving that mark in 11 less games. St. Louis had the fortune of having some great goaltenders, they just happened to be very late in their careers. 41-year-old Jacques Plante appeared most for St. Louis and posted a record of 18-9-5 with a goals against average of 2.19. 38-year-old Glenn Hall had retired after the previous season, but was talked into returning for the ’69-’70 season. However, despite not particularly enjoying his season, he appeared 18 games in the regular season and seven times in the postseason. Plante was absolutely stellar in postseason allowing just 1.48 goals per game.

Up next are the 20th-seeded ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim!

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