The Blues are in the middle of a pretty brutal stretch right now, but they managed to split their last two game against Detroit and Los Angeles. In the Detroit game, I found myself to be very disappointed while watching the play develop. I thought the Blues outplayed the Wings for most of the first period, but they went into the break with a scoreless tie. The Wings turned it on in the second period, as they outscored the Blues 3-1 to take the two-goal lead into the third. After the Wings went up 4-1 in the third, the Blues got a power play goal from Brad Winchester to cut it to 4-2. Wings defenseman Niklas Lidstrom recorded his first career hat trick with an empty-netter at the end of the game to give Detroit a 5-2 win. This team is so banged up right now that it’s hard to condemn them, but there’s nothing I hate more than watching us lose to the Wings.
The team managed to bounce back in a big way on Thursday night, as they took down the Kings by a score of 6-4. The thing I liked most about this game was that the Blues won the game in the third period. It seems like we have gotten used to this team falling in the third over the last few seasons, but they scored the only two goals in the third Thursday to seal the game. Vlad Sobotka had a big game, as he finished with a goal and two assists. Brad Winchester had another PPG and an assist, and Carlo Colaiacovo finished with three assists.
In other notes, Erik Johnson left Wednesday’s game with what looked like a bad knee injury. He got an MRI on Thursday, and we found out it is just a sprain. He is being listed as day-to-day by the team, and he hasn’t been ruled out for Saturday’s game against the Sharks. This could have been much worse, so I guess we can finally say this team caught a break on the injury front.