After a thrilling Centennial Classic in Toronto over the weekend, the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues had a high bar to clear in the 2017 Winter Classic on Monday.
They cleared it, weather and all.
The Blues pleased their home fans at Busch Stadium with a hard-fought 4-1 win over their division rivals. Vladimir Tarasenko¡¯s two goals late in the third period put the game away behind a good day from goalie Jake Allen.
The Red Wings only got a point out of the game, as Auston Matthews won the Centennial Classic for the Leafs in overtime.
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Dayton Moore stubbornly stuck to his guns in 2014 as many called for the Royals to trade veterans like James Shields when the team was 48-50 and 4.5 games out of a playoff spot on July 21. The team rewarded his faith by winning 24 of their next 30 to erase an eight game lead in the division and take over first place, eventually taking the Wild Card. In 2016, the team again stood pat, despite being 49-55 on July 31, 8.5 games out of a playoff spot. But a hot August got them to within two games of a playoff spot in late August before they faded.
Can the Royals get back to the post-season?
Game Youth Teemu Selanne Jersey The Royals made a valiant run last year, but they fell far short of reaching the post-season for a third consecutive season. Injuries took their toll, and they¡¯ll get players like Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, and Jason Vargas back healthy this year, but the loss of Wade Davis is a major blow, and even losing Kendrys Morales and Edinson Volquez leaves the team very thin.