Good morning Blues fans! Another home game and another set of fans sent home disappointed.
The St. Louis Blues took on the Detroit Red Wings last night. The game itself lived up to the billing of being a rivalry game, but the loss is disappointing.
The Blues gained a much needed point, but it still feels like they lost the other point. While they faced great goaltending, the Blues just missed too many chances.
It’s becoming a worrying thing. The Blues are putting themselves in good positions and earning quality chances and then not finishing them off.
As with many situations, there are a couple ways to look at it. Like Ken Hitchcock said, you do have to be impressed that the Blues are pulling points out of games they only score one goal in.
However, as he also pointed out, you can’t take creating chances and see that as good work by itself. Eventually you have to start finishing both the goals and your opponents off.
Until they start doing that with more consistency, this team is going to keep dropping points. Early in the season it seems ok, but you don’t want to get into March and look back at those points being crucial to where you finish.
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Getting good goaltending can’t be wasted either. Jake Allen does need to cut out the strange goals he’s been giving up, but for the most part he has been doing enough to win.
Here are your St. Louis Blues Morning Links to start your day off right.
In case you missed it or want to relive the high points, the NHL usually has a good set of replays and recaps. Last night’s effort is no different. (NHL)
The Blues were clearly lamenting their missed opportunities, but also felt it was a much improved effort. Paul Stastny, Jake Allen and the coach discuss it. (Blues)
There was a lot of talk about the missed chances, but sometimes the defense does have something to do with it. In a view from the other side, a key defensive stop is examined that thwarted what could have been a 2-on-1 break. (Winging It In Motown)
On a lighter note, the Blues honored Barret Jackman against the team he played when his career began. Chris Mason tweeted Jackman was the best teammate he ever had. Say what you will about his skills at the end, but he deserved the recognition. (Blues)
One of the Blues’ prospects continues to do well even if his NHL team is faltering. UConn won their conference opener and Tage Thompson was involved. (UConn)
The NHL is clearly set on this Las Vegas team being successful out of the gate. At least they are being upfront about it, since they are stacking the deck in their favor – no pun intended. Apparently they will be able to negotiate with free agents before they are even chosen in the expansion draft. (ESPN)