Good morning Blues fans! The team is back in the friendly confines of the city of St. Louis and ready to energize the Scottrade Center this week. They’ll need a little more consistency though.
The St. Louis Blues returned after a long Canadian road trip this past week. They may have only played in three games, but those western swings seem to take it out of many teams.
The Blues had a chance to win all three games. They probably should have, in truth.
Still, escaping the trip 1-1-1 after facing some teams that were much better than advertised is probably good enough. The Blues still need to focus a bit more.
Jake Allen was pretty bad against Calgary and that’s a lot for me to admit as a registered member of the goaltender’s union and we protect our own. The team won the game and he came up with enough good stops to be a part of it.
Allen has to be the kind of goaltender that makes all the routine stops and we’ll take the great ones when they come. Right now, that sentiment is a bit harder to push on others if we get more games like the one he just played.
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On the positive side, the Blues are getting great contributions from question marks like Nail Yakupov and David Perron. It’s been said in several of our pieces, but it deserves repeating – it is way too early to project numbers for these guys, but if the effort we have seen remains, it could be a fantastic season for both.
The Blues, as a team, need to return to rolling out all four lines. The fourth line has produced some very good shifts and needs to be rewarded.
The injuries did not help the Blues, but they started relying a bit too much on the top line for guidance. When all three or four lines are just out there doing their job, that’s when this team is hardest to beat.
Here are your St. Louis Blues Morning Links to start your day right.
As fans, we all see things a little differently. For the most part, we are all disappointed when the Blues lose and happy when the Blues lose. It’s always interesting to see when those feelings mirror those of the players. (Post Dispatch)
While the NFL keeps dragging its feet and trying to brush things under the rug, the NHL is doing its part to adapt with the times in regards to head injuries. They now have an impartial panel viewing things in New York to aid in removing potential concussed players. (Post-Dispatch)
The Blues may not have faced Matthew Tkachuk this past week, but we will all be hearing his name plenty in the future. While their family is scattered around the continent, they are all rallying behind Matthew. (STLToday)
The accolades keep coming for former Blues goaltender and long-time Devils great, Martin Broduer. Marty can now see his likeness every time he visits New Jersey as there is a statue outside the Prudential Center. (Yahoo Sports)
The Blues have been getting good individual play from their AHL guys, but no team results. That changed over the weekend with a pair of wins. Kenny Agostino and Ville Husso were some of the highlights. (Wolves 1, Wolves 2)
There were toques everywhere yesterday, but clearly by the spelling we don’t mean the kind from the Lord of the Rings. In the end, the host team could not muster the offense necessary to win the outdoor game known as the Heritage Classic. (NHL)
Have a great day Blues fans! Our weekly recap of the division will be up later today.