Looking at the schedule, we knew this was going to be a tough week for the Blues, especially considering how the team has been playing as of late. Things couldn’t have started much worse, as the Blues fell to the Avalanche in Denver on Monday night by a score of 6-3. The game started out well for the Note, as Alex Steen scored on a breakaway just 54 seconds in. Unfortunately, that’s about as good as it got for the Blues on the evening. The Avs scored three times in the first, two of those coming courtesy of John Michael-Liles, and that was pretty much it. The Blues got a goal in the second to cut the lead to 3-2 on a nice shot by the recently healthy Carlo Colaiacovo, but the Avs put the game away with two goals in 17 seconds later in the period. Brad Boyes added a power play goal in the third, but by that point it was too little, too late.
So, where do the Blues go from here? The team I saw Monday night was completely different that the guys I saw early in the season. They were back on their heels for most of the night, and once again they allowed the opposing team to dictate the pace. The thing that made the Blues so good early on is that they consistently pushed the issue for three periods. Even in the games they lost in the first month, they still dictated play and for the most part were the best team on the ice every night. You can spin Monday’s game any way you want, but the Avs were the better team, and it really wasn’t even that close. I still believe that this team misses TJ Oshie and his personality and intensity in a major way, and ever since he went down they team has looked timid and sluggish. I think it’s safe to say that someone needs to step up into that role if this team is going to get back on track.
If the Blues are going to turn things around, they better do it in a hurry, because they will be in Detroit tonight, and they will be hosting Ottawa and New Jersey in a back-to-back over the weekend. This losing streak could very well extend to seven games if the Blues don’t figure out how to solve their problems.
Blue Notes: On the injury front, David Perron won’t be playing against the Wings, but the team is still hopeful he will be able to go this weekend. Nobody really knows when he will be back because it’s hard to judge concussion symptoms. The team also sent Nick Drazenovic back to Peoria and recalled TJ Hensick. I’m a big fan of Hensick going back to his days in Colorado, and he was leading the Rivermen with 15 points in 13 games.
Topics: Alex Steen, Brad Boyes, Carlo Colaiacovo, Colorado Avalanche, Concussion, David Perron, Denver, Detroit Red Wings, Injury, John Michael-Liles, New Jersey Devils, Nick Drazenovic, Ottawa Senators, Peoria Rivermen, Power Play, St. Louis Blues, TJ Hensick, TJ Oshie