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Kevin Shattenkirk Knows St. Louis Blues Need to Pick It Up


Kevin Shattenkirk doesn’t wear a letter for the St. Louis Blues, but he’s calling them like he sees them right now. And right now, the Blues aren’t playing particularly well. Coming off a weekend that saw St. Louis lose to two of the top teams in the Western Conference by a combined 8-2 score, the smooth-skating defenseman spoke out about why the team has let down and what they need to do to fix it.

Letting down simply because a goal is accomplished isn’t the hallmark of typical Stanley Cup champions. If this really is the case—the Blues took their foot off the gas once a playoff spot was locked up—then the team could run into some trouble once the postseason actually begins.

It’s a tough switch to turn on and off. Either you’re playing well and bringing your A-game, or you’re not. St. Louis clearly didn’t get geared up for the Chicago Blackhawks or Colorado Avalanche this weekend, and they have allowed the Boston Bruins to overtake them in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy.

It’s true that the squad didn’t have Alexander Steen or Vladimir Tarasenko against the ‘Hawks and Avalanche, but both of those teams are missing some of their best players as well. St. Louis didn’t play hard enough, didn’t protect the net well enough and lost too many 50/50 puck battles against good hockey teams.

It’s a trend that needs to be reversed immediately, or else the 2013-14 campaign could just be another heart-break for Blues fans.

 

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