More Blues Killers
It is not just Benn that the Blues need to worry about. If that was the case, you could formulate a simple game plan of double-teams or man marking. Instead, there are several guys that usually do damage against the Blues.
One of the prime suspects there is John Klingberg. Klingberg is relatively new to the scene, just breaking into the NHL in 2014-15. Even so, he has managed to be a huge thorn in St. Louis’ side.
Klingberg had seven points in four games against the Blues in 2018-19. On top of that, he had two goals vs. St. Louis and both of them were game winning goals.
In 20 career games against the Blues, Klingberg has 16 points. He is an offensive defenseman, but that’s still too high a percentage against one team. The only teams Klingberg has performed better against was Winnipeg and Minnesota.
Joining him on the backside is former Blue, Ben Bishop. We all know former Blues tend to come back and haunt us like something from the film Poltergeist.
Bishop just manages to shut down the Blues regardless of any revenge factor. He is only .500 for his record, but he has a 2.12 goals against and .926 save percentage lifetime against the Note.
The Blues did get five past him in three games, but he still put up a 1.69 goals against and .941 save percentage. He was even better the prior year.
In two seasons with Dallas he has kept the Blues to 1.67 goals a game and had a .950 save percentage. He could be the missing piece that makes the difference from the Blues winning back in 2016 (both rosters are quite different, but still).
Tyler Seguin has 25 points in 29 career games against the Blues.
These are all just regular season numbers too. These guys step up in the playoffs.