The St. Louis Blues were shut-out for only the first time this season Wednesday night, in Vancouver by Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack, though it was not their first time having trouble against the rookie. The 26-year old has a mediocre W-L record at 9-8-3, but THREE of his wins have come at the expense of the Blues.
Lack isn’t the only rookie St. Louis has had trouble solving. In their two losses thus far to the Anaheim Ducks, the Blues each time faced backup goalie Frederik Andersen, scoring just twice on 64 shots against the young Dane. Andersen has played more than Lack and has excellent overall numbers, but it makes me feel like St. Louis needs to do a little more scouting of their opponents’ goaltending depth.
Other backups, rookies and relative unknowns the Blues have lost to this season include Ben Scrivens of the Los Angeles Kings (before he was traded to the Edmonton Oilers,) Anton Khudobin of the Carolina Hurricanes, and Robin Lehner of the Ottawa Senators. Lehner played maybe the game of his career so far against the Blues making FIFTY saves to earn an Overtime win in St. Louis February 4th.
While Jonas Hiller is certainly the more experienced netminder for the Ducks, I’m hoping the Blues get a chance to face him tonight instead of taking chances for a third loss to Andersen.
GO BLUES! LONG LIVE THE NOTE!
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