Starting today, the Blues are sitting in seventh place in the Western Conference, thanks in most part to their current four-game losing streak. Last night, St. Louis had a 3-1 lead at home after one period of play, but a three goal second period by Anaheim caused the Blues to have to come back. Ultimately the club lost in the shootout. Tying the game was no easy feat though, and St. Louis showed us once again that they are a resilient team.
*Kevin Shattenkirk (pictured) had an incredible game last night against the Ducks. He made smart decisions, and he contributed on the scoreboard (he now leads the team with 12 points (1G, 11A). At times this season, I’ve thought that he has looked better than Alex Pietrangelo.
*I’m sure we are all relieved that Jaroslav Halak is back and healthy. Brian Elliott has really struggled to find his game this season. I would assume Halak will make the start against the Kings on Monday.
*Ian Cole‘s overtime goal that was disallowed last night was rather unfortunate. In my mind, it was a 50/50 call that just didn’t go the Blues way. Simply put, when it snows it hails. During their losing skid St. Louis has not gotten any breaks.
*Vladimir Tarasenko had limited to no scoring chances last night. I know line juggling is part of the game, but there is no doubt that Tarasenko has not been as productive since the Steen-McDonald-Tarasenko line was segregated.
The Blues have a tough schedule ahead, but it finally includes games outside of the Central Division. In fact, five of their next six games will be played outside the Central.
More to come,