First, the good news. Hockey is officially back!! Now, for the bad news. The Blues fell in their preseason opener to the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night at Scottrade Center by a score of 3-1. Obviously, it’s only preseason, so nothing to be worried about.
First, let’s look at the positives. The Blues outshot the Avs by a significant margin of 34-18, which has to be a good sign. Maybe the best sign of the night was the play of Patrik Berglund, who scored the team’s lone goal and posted a team-high five shots. I’ve said it before, but we really need Berglund to take a step forward. TJ Oshie had the only Blues assist of the game, so it’s good to see Oshie getting involved. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo had a strong game as well, as he put four shots on net and was second on the team with 16:42 of ice time. I’m certainly rooting for him to make the team, and tonight was a step in the right direction.
Now, for the negatives. Jaroslav Halak played the entire game in net and allowed three goals on 18 shots. Not exactly the start we were hoping for, but once again, it’s only the preseason. It can be tough to judge established guys this early, so don’t go giving up on the new netminder just yet. Brett Sonne and TJ Hensick both left with a -2 rating in just under 10 minutes of ice time, which is unfortunate because these are two young players I really like. They should have plenty of opportunity to show their stuff for the rest of the preseason, so it’s just one game.
The Blues will get back on the ice Wednesday at 7:00 when they travel to the Great White North to face off against the Minnesota Wild.