On January 1, the St. Louis Blues found themselves dead last in the NHL. General Manager Doug Armstrong was ready to blow the team up and have a firesale. He surely is not regretting not taking this path as his staff, supporting head coach Craig Berube and rookie goalie Jordan Binnington, went from past to Stanley Cup Champions. The Blues finished their historical turnaround with a seven-game series win over the Boston Bruins at the 2019 Stanley Cup Final last week and if their improbable championship run and the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs established anything, it is that taking the underdog from the playoffs is not a terrible idea. Just look at how this fan was rewarded with taking a chance on the Blues when everyone else had composed them off.If you have the extra money to throw a future like that, it can’t hurt. The Blues Cup win wasn’t the future on an underdog which was rewarded. From the next round, the President’s Trophy winner and all four division winners from the regular season had been eliminated. As pointed out last month, even if you’re on this tendency before it evolved or since it grew more powerful, you had been set up well for the remaining playoffs.
The regular season wasn’t as crazy as the playoffs. In the list below of their preseason chances to win the 2019 Stanley Cup, the whole record produced the playoffs.
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