The Blues have been playing well lately, winning 6 of their last 8 contests. This winning form however, will be tested as the 4th place Blues look to solidify their playoff chances and make a statement to the rest of the league.
The Blues schedule gets noticeably tougher over the next two weeks, as the Blues play 6 consecutive teams with a winning record, 4 of which are solidly in the playoff picture. Games against rivals Chicago Blackhawks and Nashville Predators, as what is surely to be a physical contest against a Boston Bruins team should be a good benchmark for the Blues, who are considering making roster moves to improve their playoff chances.
David Perron, with 5 points in the past 4 games, and Alex Pietrangelo have led the Blues high powered offense recently, which along with the stellar goaltending of Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak has propelled the Blues within three points of the division and conference leading Red Wings. With only 1 game left against Detroit this season, St. Louis will have to remain within striking distance until their April 4th matchup.
Winger Andy McDonald also scored his first goal against the Islanders Thursday since returning from a concussion which caused him to miss 51 games this season. T.J. Oshie, Kevin Shattenkirk, Perron, and Jason Arnott also tallied for the Blues in a 5-1 beatdown of the Isles. The Blues welcome the Minnesota Wild to the Scottrade Center on Saturday until traveling to Chicago for a primetime showdown with the Blackhawks on Sunday afternoon.
Tags: Alex Pietrangelo Andy McDonald Boston Bruins Brian Elliott Chicago Blackhawks David Perron Detroit Red Wings Jaroslav Halak Jason Arnott Kevin Shattenkirk Minnesota WIld Nashville Predators New York Islanders St. Louis Blues T.J. Oshie