The Blues are officially on a winning streak after Sunday night’s 2-0 shutout of the Nashville Predators after they took down the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday. That makes three wins in a row for the Note, who have been playing some pretty nice hockey as of late.
If you didn’t see the Detroit game on Thursday, you missed a good one. The Blues jumped out on top by a score of 4-1 on goals by Erik Johnson, Patrik Berglund (2), and Matt D’Agostini. David Backes picked up two assists, and he has pretty much been the man for the Blues over the last few weeks. Jaro Halak made 35 saves, and he was very strong, especially in the third with his team up by only one.
If Halak was good on Thursday, he was great on Sunday in his 2-0 shutout of the Preds. Halak made several outstanding stops, and he pretty much put the team on his shoulders. Backes recorded another two points, but on this night they were both goals, as he did the only scoring for the Blues in the win. Vlad Sobotka and Alex Steen each picked up an assist as well.
I’ve been very happy with these last two performances, and I think the formula I called for a few weeks ago is finally starting to work. The goaltending has been outstanding, and Backes has really emerged, along with Steen, as the go-to offensive threats. Guys like Sobotka and D’Agostini are still chipping in, and if the team keeps going with this formula, I think we will be right in the thick of this race when we get healthy.
Speaking of health, forward TJ Oshie was back on the ice this week as he rehabs his broken ankle. Here is a video of him skating around, because I know you need your Oshie fill. For what it’s worth, I was surprised at how good he looked. You could tell he was rusty and still awfully tender, but he made cuts and stops, which is more that I thought he would be able to do.