If you’re not legitimately concerned about the St. Louis Blues, wake up.
The reigning cup champion Boston Bruins took care of business on the road against the Blues Wednesday night, where they hold a league best 26-4-4 record.
Chris Kelly’s go head goal in the 1st period was a killer. The Blues fought back to tie the game at two, but with 40 seconds to play in the 1st, Kelly netted a David Perron giveaway. The puck seemed to be jumping all night, and puck possession was sloppy for both teams.
The Blues dominated the 2nd period, outshooting the Bruins 14-4. Boston iced the puck every chance they could, but the Blues never capitalized. It killed the momentum.
St. Louis has just 7 home games remaining. A 10-13-3-road record should be alarming.
They obviously won’t miss the playoffs, but the likelihood of a home-ice advantage is not promising. If the season ended today, they would face the Nashville Predators in the 1st round. They are 0-2-2 versus Nashville in 2011-2012.
Worse, Ken Hitchcock is 0-11-6 in his last 16 versus the Preds.
Brian Elliott never looked comfortable in net all night. The Blues lacked an offensive scheme. They looked small against a physical Bruins team.
– David Backes lacked tenacity.
– T.J. Oshie felt pain throwing his weight around.
– David Perron and Andy McDonald were man-hunted.
– B.J. Crombeen got smoked in a 1st period fight.
At least Chris Stewart showed some tenacity. That being said, he botched an open goal in the 1st, and missed the net from there on out.
This is the reality of the NHL. That’s why they play 82 games. The Blues desperately need a trade. Nobody flashy (Rick Nash), but rather a contributor who can feed pucks to the net allowing the talent to have a chance to score.
Saddle up, the road challenge continues tonight in Nashville.