The St. Louis Blues won again last night, this time 3-0 over the Nashville Predators. It was another shutout for Brian Elliott, giving him a franchise-record nine shutouts this season. They're leading the race for the Presidents Trophy and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, and continuing to push because Ken Hitchcock is determined not to have his team coast into the postseason.
St. Louis has been one of the best team-focused stories in the NHL this season, but as the awards debate starts to heat up, Blues players aren't at the forefront of the conversation. The one award lock should be Hitchcock and the Jack Adams, but few players are getting the same level of attention.
"We're the sum of parts," Hitchcock said when we chatted on Monday. "That would be the best way to describe us."
So in fairness to the spectacular season Blues players are having, I gave Hitchcock the opportunity to make the case for his guys, and there's some pretty compelling arguments.
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