St. Louis Blues, American expert ice hockey group situated in St. Louis, Missouri, that plays in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Blues have showed up in four Stanley Cup finals (1968–70 and 2019).
The Blues (whose name is gotten from performer W.C. Helpful's great organization "St. Louis Blues") joined the NHL during the 1967–68 season as one of the six groups added to the alliance when it extended from the purported "Unique Six" establishments. Driven by first-time head mentor Scotty Bowman and highlighting harsh defenseman Barclay Plager, the Blues progressed to the Stanley Cup finals in their first season however were crushed by the Montreal Canadiens in four contests that were each chosen by just one objective. The Blues won the NHL West Division—made out of the six development establishments—in every one of the accompanying two seasons too, just to be cleared by the champ of the Original Six-filled East Division in the Stanley Cup finals (Montreal again in 1969, the Boston Bruins in 1970). The group's hot start was not sustainable, nonetheless, and the Blues were uniquely less effective during the 1970s. Between 1970–71 and 1979–80, St. Louis posted just two winning records and progressed past its opening playoff round yet once.
In 1980–81 the Blues, behind the play of left wing Brian Sutter and focus Bernie Federko, won 45 recreations—posting the best record in group history up to that point—and caught a division title, yet their playoff struggles proceeded as they were wiped out in their second postseason arrangement. The Blues completed with a losing record multiple times over the accompanying eight seasons, however by the by qualified for the playoffs every year. During the 1987–88 season St. Louis obtained future star conservative Brett Hull. He would proceed to score the most objectives in establishment history through the span of his 10 full seasons with the Blues—and eventually pursue his dad, Bobby Hull, into the Hall of Fame—yet he drove the group no more remote than the second round of the playoffs during that period.
In 1999–2000 the Blues posted the best record in the NHL behind the play of conservative Pavol Demitra and defensemen Chris Pronger and Al MacInnis, yet St. Louis was disturbed in the first round of the NHL playoffs by the Western Conference's lowest seed, the San Jose Sharks. The Blues bounced back from that failure the accompanying season by acquiring a billet in the meeting finals, which they lost to the inevitable victor Colorado Avalanche. St. Louis kept on meeting all requirements for the postseason through the 2003–04 season, which brought the group's kept running of continuous playoff billets to 25 seasons—the third longest such streak allied history at the time. Over that period, notwithstanding, the Blues neglected to show up in the Stanley Cup finals and just progressed past their second playoff arrangement twice. In the six seasons following the finish of the streak, the Blues fundamentally completed their seasons with win-misfortune records around .500 yet earned just one postseason compartment (a first-round misfortune in 2008–09). The struggling group got head mentor Ken Hitchcock 14 diversions into the 2011–12 season, and the Blues encouraged behind the new administration, winning 49 amusements and catching the establishment's first division title in 14 years. In any case, postseason achievement kept on evading the group as the Blues lost in the second round of the playoffs that year, which was trailed by first-round miracle misfortunes in the consequent three seasons. St. Louis got through to a degree during the 2015–16 season, progressing to its first meeting last in 14 years, where the Blues were dispensed with by the San Jose Sharks.
The Blues finished their Stanley Cup finals dry season of about 50 years in storybook design during the 2018–19 season. Toward the beginning of January St. Louis had the worst record in the NHL, however the group energized behind between time head mentor Craig Berube, a staunch protection, and stellar play from new kid on the block goaltender Jordan Binnington to complete the season with a second-place divisional completion. The group at that point won three firmly contested postseason arrangement, none of which lasted less than six recreations, to achieve the Stanley Cup finals without precedent for a long time.