The St. Louis Blues have not really shown up for their second round series against the Dallas Stars. However, as bad as things have been, all it takes is one good game.
The St. Louis Blues find themselves in an unenviable position going into Game 6 of the second round. They are in Dallas, facing a good team that plays well in front of their home crowd.
However, making matters worse is the fact the Blues have not had a good game yet in this series. Whether the Blues won or lost, they have reverted to a style closer to what we saw in December as opposed to February and on.
Those that have read this space enough know that I am not really here to bring the optimism. The team has drained a lot out of me during this series with their inability to play up to their potential.
However, the truth of it all is that St. Louis just needs one good game and then it is on for a do-or-die scenario in a potential Game 7. Whether that happens is up to the players and you would hope they would be up for it.
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We have no proof they will be. The Blues had chances to grab this series by the scruff and claim it the last two games. They could have taken a 3-1 or 3-2 series lead with just one win in the last two, but failed to get it done because they have made so many mistakes.
Cleaning those mistakes up will be hard enough. You also need your best players to show up.
Ryan O’Reilly has lost his faceoff touch, going just 44% this series and that’s after a decent showing in Game 5. He’s got four points, but only assists and is a minus-2.
Vladimir Tarasenko has three goals, but only one at even strength. Though, considering the Blues only have two total power play goals and he’s got both, maybe it’s a wash.
Brayden Schenn has been throwing his weight around, but not much else. He only has one assist this series and has 10 giveaways and is also a minus-5.
David Perron has been all but useless. He has no points at all and seems to think Blues fans do not have right to boo after the team gave a horrible performance in Game 5.
So, does any of this point to a turnaround in Game 6. No, not at all.
But that is the beauty of sports. Just when things seem the most hopeless, something turns on its head and you get a completely different result than you expected.
That’s why there is no reason to not have hope as a fan. There are plenty of fans that like to tell themselves the Blues always choke and this or that. This is a different team than any of those, whether they choke or not. Telling yourselves its all because of the crest on the front is just a coping mechanism.
So, why not just try to enjoy the ride? If Game 6 is the end of the road, so be it.
Maybe it will not be. Maybe the Blues are finally due to have a game where we truly see Blues hockey.
All it takes is one good game. They’ve been close to the Stars at the end every single time and played poorly every time. One good game could turn the tide.