Originally written on STLSportsMinute  |  Last updated 11/8/14
The St. Louis Blues opened the NHL hockey season with a bang on Saturday night, shutting out the Detroit Red Wings 6-0 in a dominating performance.  While it is just one game, and Blues' fans should be cautious and do their best to contain their optimism, there are plenty of things to analyze and think about as the Blues get ready to face the Nashville Predators on Monday evening. Here are five things we learned about the Blues in their season opener against Detroit. 1. The Blues still are a defensive oriented team. The Blues set the tone early in this one in the defensive end, allowing just two Red Wings shots in the first period. Ken Hitchcock is know for running a great defensive system and the Blues executed it perfectly last season and posted 15 shutouts. Even with an abbreviated training camp, the Blues' defense already looked to be in mid-season form. 2. The Blues' forecheck is absolutely relentless. A good forecheck always helps the defense and the Blues wer...
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