Tonight the St. Louis Blues will take on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s a good opportunity to get an idling offense back on track. The Leafs have dropped their last five games and the wheels are seemingly coming off in Toronto. This is a team that is in turmoil and the Blues will have a chance to gain some positive momentum against a squad that has been badly distracted by a volatile goaltending situation.
The @MapleLeafs had a 9 point cushion in the playoff race 9 days ago…..that lead is now down to 1.
— Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyNHL) March 23, 2014
Regardless of the turmoil, this is a desperate hockey team. The Blues can’t afford to sit back and let the play come to them. The Maple Leafs absolutely can not afford to drop a game at home tonight, and they’ll come out and play hard.
If St. Louis can challenge during that initial surge of emotion and get the first goal (something they’ve been quite good at all season long) then they should be able to continue to streak right alongside the Boston Bruins.
All statistics appear courtesy of NHL.com unless otherwise noted, and are accurate through games played on March 24.