Ugly In The Windy City

CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 30:John Scott of the Chicago Blackhawks fights with Cam Janssen of the St. Louis Blues at the United Center on November 30, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

I will give the Blues credit for battling back after being down 5-1 tonight, but that’s about all I’ll give them credit for. The team wants to be considered a legit contender in the Central Division, and yet they don’t look like they belong on the same ice as the Chicagos and the Detroits of the world. I think the most frustrating thing for me is not the loss, but the fact that we have give up seven goals each in our last two games against the Blackhawks and Wings after tonight’s 7-5 loss.

The good news here is that the Blues got the offense going tonight, and the guys who scored are the ones we need to be consistent. Patrik Berglund, Alex Pietrangelo, David Backes, and Brad Boyes all found the back of the net, and the captain Eric Brewer added the other tally. Berglund continues to develop into the player we have been hearing about for three years, and Backes and Boyes have been good this season. I really like the development of AP so far, and he is only going to continue to get better.

Unfortunately, the goaltending tonight was fairly atrocious. Ty Conklin got the start, and he did not take advantage. Game like this can happen every once in a while, but it feels like it’s happen far too often. I would expect Jaro Halak to be in net against the Capitals on Wednesday, so hopefully he can get us back on track. Our defense as a group is relatively healthy at this point, so there are no more excuses.

Tags: Alex Pietrangelo Brad Boyes Central Division Chicago Blackhawks David Backes Detroit Red Wings Eric Brewer Jaroslav Halak Patrik Berglund St. Louis Blues Ty Conklin Washington Capitals Windy City

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