Conference III Championship Belt Tale Of The Tape: St. Louis at Minnesota, 31 December 2013
Tonight, the St. Louis Blues go on the road to St. Paul for their second Conference III Championship Belt defense in three days and the fourth Conference III Championship Belt match since the Christmas hiatus. Minnesota is looking for its first chance with the belt (and first chance at the belt) since a four-day run in October.
The Tale of The Tape:
Tale of the Tape:
|Minnesota Wild||St. Louis Blues|
|Mike “Coach Wow” Yeo||Coach||Ken “The Sansabelt Samurai” Hitchcock|
|Mikko “The Suomi Swami” Koivu (30)||Points Leader||Alexander “The Above Average” Steen (38)|
|Jason “The Metropolis” Pominville (17)||Goals Leader||Steen (24)|
|Josh “The Hero” Harding||Goaltender||Brian “The Brain” Elliott|
|None (yet)||Threero||None (yet)|
|Justin “The Fontaine Of Youth” Fontaine||Rookie To Watch||Dmitrij “Double J” Jaskin|
|1||Title Belts Won||2|
|1-0 as Challenger, 1-1 as Champion||Record In Belt Matches||3-1 as Champion, 2-0 as Challenger|
The Wild have been on a skid and the Blues are hot. Minnesota will be without Zach Parise (though Harding is set to return). Hitchcock goes with Brian Elliott, despite Jaroslav Halak being seemingly available.
If St. Louis retains, they’ll set the record for longest title run (currently held by Nashville at 31 days), as they won’t face another challenge until squaring off with the Predators February 1 (yes, the Blues go the entire month of January without playing one Conference III game).
If Minnesota takes the belt, their first challenge will come January 11, when they host the Avalanche.
Puck drops tonight in St. Paul at 5 PM.