The losing streak moved to four on Wednesday night as the Blues were handled by the Capitals 4-1. The Note certainly had their chances in the game, as they outshot the Caps 38-26, but as has been a trend this season, the high shot total did not equal goals. Caps goalie Semyon Varlamov was very good, and the Blues just couldn’t find a way to sneak one by him after Alex Steen’s goal in the second made the score 2-1.
I don’t really know what to make of the high shot/low goal totals this season. Part of it has to do with the opposing goaltenders playing well, but that excuse only goes so far. The team is getting shots on net, but the high percentage scoring chances aren’t nearly as abundant. When the Blues do get those chances, it seems like they miss the net or shoot it right at the goalie far too often. Part of that is the fact that two of the team’s top offensive talents are sidelined in David Perron and TJ Oshie, but at some point other guys need to step up and finish off goals. I will say that I think the goals will come if the team continues to put the puck on the net with great frequency, but it’s just not happening right now.
The Blues better figure things out soon, because December is going to be a tough month. After a game against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, the team will play Vancouver twice, Detroit twice, and single games against the LA Kings, San Jose Sharks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Nashville Predators, and Chicago Blackhawks. If the team doesn’t get more offense and better goaltending, they could find themselves looking up at three or four teams in the division come January.
Blues Notes: The team made some roster moves this week, as they placed Perron on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 4 and called up Dave Scatchard and Stefan Della Rovere. The team also sent Nikita Nikitin back to Peoria. SDR and Scatchard each played just under seven minutes on Wednesday, and neither one made an impact on the score sheet. In more Peoria news, goalie Jake Allen was named the AHL Goaltender of the Month for November. Allen was 6-1-0 with a 1.35 GAA and .959 save percentage. Be excited about this kid Blues fans, because he has the potential to be a great one. If you don’t know about Allen, he was the team’s second-round pick in 2008 after a highly successful Major Junior career that included being named the Major Junior Goaltender of the Year in 2009-2010. He was also the starting goalie for Canada’s World Junior team last season that finished second in the tourney.
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