The St. Louis Blues have won more games than any team that has never lifted the Stanley Cup. They believe this could be the season to end that distinction.
The Nashville Predators reacted to their first last-place finish in four years by adding numerous pieces to bolster a virtually non-existent offense.
The Blues look to get their 2013-14 season off to a fast start with their first five games at home, beginning with Thursday night against the new-look Predators.
St. Louis (29-17-2) finished with the Western Conference's third-highest point total a season ago with 60 before a first-round postseason loss to Los Angeles in six games marked its second straight exit at the hands of the Kings.
The Blues want to take the next step, and they also want the tag of favorites in the West after an offseason that saw general manager Doug Armstrong make few key changes. St. Louis has won 1,717 games including the postseason without winning the Cup.
"Are we the favorites? I don't...