The St. Louis Blues currently sit atop the NHL with 105 points and have no concerns about missing the playoffs. They begin a 5-game home-stand tonight versus the Minnesota Wild, a team who has struggled lately and is fighting to keep their own playoff hopes intact.
In today’s St. Louis Post Dispatch, sportswriter Jeff Gordon talks about the Wild being in a precarious position coming into hostile territory. This is a game the Blues need to take control of early and reinforce that St. Louis truly is the Gateway to the West.
The Wild have been riding rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper a bit too hard, but only through necessity. Is Ilya Bryzgalov enough insurance to keep Minnesota in that first Wild Card spot? The Blues should do everything they can tonight to make it tougher for the visitors to do that.
After rescuing what started as a potentially disastrous road-trip with back-to-back wins, the Blues need to keep the streak going and build momentum at home before the playoffs start. They’ve got the second best home record in the West at 25-5-4 and opposing teams need to be afraid to come into Scottrade Center in the playoffs. Ryan Miller needs a strong showing in net to silence those who doubt he was an upgrade for the Blues. A decisive win tonight will go far in making both statements. Not surprisingly, Coach Hitchcock has the same thought in mind:
Hitch: “I want us to really get energized and really send a message to teams coming in here that this is not going to be fun (for them).”
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) March 27, 2014
GO BLUES! LONG LIVE THE NOTE!