Good morning Blues fans! It might not be that good following another shellacking, this time against the Stars, but the sun always rises, right?
The St. Louis Blues are looking for answers today after two very bad scorelines on their two game road trip. The goals continue to be a problem both in terms of ones given up and scored.
The Blues lost 5-0 in New York. OK. The Rangers are leading the league in goals scored, so maybe it was just a bad night.
Not quite so. The Blues came out with good energy against the Stars, but wherever you want to place blame, the end score was just as bad.
The Blues have problems all around, but even more frustrating, it seems as though curing one would not solve anything.
Jake Allen is not playing up to his full capabilities. He’s getting no support offensively or defensively though.
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The Blues are not scoring goals. It isn’t just a work rate issue as they are getting shots on goal, but not converting anything.
Bounces are going all wrong. The Blues are screening their own goaltender, getting iffy penalty calls both ways and tipping shots into their own net.
Someone is going to earn their paycheck if they can figure out what is wrong AND how to fix it. It must be above my pay grade because I don’t have a clue.
Hopefully a couple tough games at home will bring out the right stuff in the Blues. It won’t be easy, but this team seems to make the easy hard and vice versa.
Here are your St. Louis Blues Morning Links to get your day started right.
Reliving a 6-2 game isn’t exactly appealing. Sometimes you have to just grin and bear it. Jeremy Rutherford is good at giving a less biased point of view than we fans, so it’s always worth a read. (STLToday)
The flip side of the St. Louis story is the revival of the Stars’ offense. Whether for just one game or not, whether due to luck or skill, they scored a lot of goals. (Defending Big D)
As someone who has written for and taken care of various websites, I know too well about hitting the wrong button or publishing things at the wrong time. Usually you are aware of it and fix the mistake rather quickly. That was not the case with whomever runs NHL Shop as they apparently leaked the Blues’ Winter Classic jerseys. (St. Louis Gametime)
Nail Yakupov showed some great promise when he first joined the Blues roster. He has cooled off, both in terms of play and in the esteem of the coaches, but he still looks like a much looser player than in his days in Edmonton. (Today’s Slapshot)
All summer long we played the game of will he, won’t he in regards to the potential trade of Kevin Shattenkirk. While I have long maintained it would not shock me for the Blues to keep him the entire season, a very respected NHL writer is on board with that idea as well. (ESPN)
The Ottawa Senators continue to be a gold mine in terms of feel good stories. After Craig Anderson won while his wife battled a deadly disease, Mike Condon turned around and kept a very round number on the board in his very first start following a trade. (NHL)
Have a great day Blues fans!