The St. Louis Blues, coming off their second straight shutout game, will host the depressing Buffalo Sabres tonight at the Scottrade Center. Depressing is really the only word to describe Buffalo who has yet to find answers. Statistically, they’re much like the Edmonton Oilers, who the Blues faced Thursday night. They can’t do anything on the road. Currently riding an 11-game road losing streak, a 7-game stretch away from home doesn’t help, I’m sure. Unlike Edmonton, you can’t really blame injuries. Goaltending has atrocious on behalf of Ryan Miller who has yet to step up and play to the caliber that’s expected of him.
Again, the Blues are quite the opposite of Buffalo. Lets just knock out a quick couple of facts. A league best 20-3-3 at home. Four shutouts in the past 8 games(two straight by Jaroslav Halak). Undoubtedly the best goalie tandem in the NHL. Every part of this team has just meshed well together. Offense, defense, special teams. You name it.
I think a big factor, which was talked about before the season, was the leadership and experience that was brought to the team. Jason Arnott and Jamie Langenbrunner were brought to St. Louis for just that. Arnott has really proven himself this year, while Langenbrunner has yet to live up to his scoring ability. Arnott is on his way to his best year since the ’08-’09 season. So far, he has tallied 12 goals, 12 assists, with a +/- of 12.
This will be the ending of the Blues 5-game home stretch before heading off to Detroit on Monday to take on the Wings which will be televised on the NBC Sports Network. For more on tonight’s game from the opposition, visit Sabre Noise.
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