Sorry for the time off, but the holiday season combined with a crazy week of work left me little time to do much else. The Blues finally lost on Sunday when the welcomed the Stars to town, and I just can’t figure out why we can’t beat these guys. I’m not saying the Stars aren’t a good team, because they are. It just amazes me that a team can go 4-0 against the Blues while outscoring them 7-0 in the third period over those meetings. Also, Kari Lehtonen apparently turns into superman when he sees the Note on the other side of the ice. He is 6-1 lifetime against St. Louis, and he has been outstanding in all four matchups this year. The shocking this is that he was on a four-game losing streak, and Dallas was really struggling heading into the game. I guess it’s just one of those things.
The good news is that we are done with the Stars for the regular season, and I for one am not disappointed by that. In other good news, David Backes and Alex Steen got the goals in the loss, and they have both been very good over this stretch. We needed those guys to step up, and they have.
Thanks to that little winning streak, the Blues leaped into seventh place in the Western Conference, and they are currently tied for second in the division with Chicago. I’ve said all along that this team needs to stay close to the top eight for now while they wait to get healthy, and they are doing a good job of that. The coming week will see the Note take on some Eastern Conference foes in Toronto and New York Rangers, and considering how good St. Louis has been against the East, hopefully they can start a new winning streak.
Blues Notes – It looked like the Note would be getting the services of Marek Svatos, but division rival Nashville claimed him off waivers after the Blues signed him to a one-year deal. It’t not like the guy was a complete game-changer, but I wish we could have seen what he could have done for this team. The worst part is that he is in the division, so let’s hope he doesn’t hurt us. In TJ Oshie news, it appears he could be back some time later this month, according to GM Doug Armstrong. He’s going to be a huge boost when he returns, but I hope he doesn’t rush it and get injured again. As far as David Perron and Andy McDonald, there is still no timetable for their return.
Topics: Alex Steen, Andy McDonald, Central Division, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, David Backes, David Perron, Doug Armstrong, Eastern Conference, Kari Lehtonen, Marek Svatos, Nashville Predators, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, TJ Oshie, Toronto Maple Leafs, Western Conference