WHERE THEY'LL FINISH
In the new NHL, it doesn't take long to retool, but the Blues' toolbox is still a few hammers short. With an anemic offense, they'll finish fifth in the Central and 14th in the West.
BUZZ FACTORStock down. Fans stayed away in droves as the ownership flux left the Blues a lame-duck franchise. Checketts, Davidson et al, know they've got a lot of work to do in repairing the damage done through the lockout and last season's woeful offering.