Conference III Championship Belt Tale Of The Tape: St. Louis at Minnesota, 31 December 2013

by J.R.

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 Challenger: Minnesota!

The Challenger: Minnesota!

The Champion: St. Louis!

The Champion: St. Louis!

The Belt!

The Belt!

The Tale of The Tape:

Tale of the Tape:

Minnesota Wild St. Louis Blues
20-16-5 Record 26-7-5
3-7-0 Last 10 7-1-2
Mike “Coach Wow” Yeo Coach Ken “The Sansabelt Samurai” Hitchcock
96 Goals For 137
107 Goals Against 92
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
6’1″ Average Height 6’1″
201 Average Weight 206
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.

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