ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Alex Pietrangelo feels like the St. Louis Blues left something yet to be seen during last year’s run to the Western Conference Finals.
When the Blues take the ice Wednesday night, the defenseman will be wearing the captain’s ‘C’ and hoping to start 2016-17 on the right track against the rival Chicago Blackhawks.
He says last season is viewed as a success, but the expectations have changed.
“We’re putting a little bit of pressure on ourselves to accomplish what we weren’t able to accomplish last year,” Pietrangelo says. “We feel like we left some stuff on the table.”
The Blues were eliminated in Game 6 by the San Jose Sharks, after beating the Dallas Star and Blackhawks, both in seven-games, in the first and second round of the NHL Playoffs.
Pietrangelo called it a big step to reach the conference finals. The Blues hadn’t been there since 2001, and he says getting so close to the ultimate goal of the franchise’s first Stanley Cup will bring out the best in the Blues this year.
“The biggest thing for us is on those off days, on those practice days, on those times we do have a chance to take a break, it’s about how we take care of ourselves,” Pietrangelo says. “Generally, we are pretty good on this team. We certainly take the time and guys know what they need, know the rest that they need to get.”
The Blues take on the Blackhawks at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Chicago. Listen to the game live on KMOX 1120, or online at KMOX.com/listen.
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