A BREAK FROM HOME
In the next 18 days; The St. Louis Blues will have just one game at the Scottrade Center. Actually, six of the Blues’ next seven contests will be on the road. There’s quite a task at hand. Teams are taking complete advantage of the sloppy Blues right now. St. Louis has embarrassed themselves with lackluster play, and the fans are outraged.
Some are even mocking goaltender, Jake Allen. The team takes notice of that, and Captain Alex Pietrangelo claims that he and the guys have Jake’s back, but do they really? Have they had Allen’s back on the ice where it really counts? It sure doesn’t seem so as of late. The Blues look to prove that every team can have their temporary struggles.
I really need to see the Blues doing their best to provide a strong net-front presence. Those ugly loose change goals will often decide a win or a loss. There simply hasn’t been enough going on up front. The Blues are often looking for pretty plays, and I want to see less of that. There needs to be more grind and grit. It’s something St. Louis has lacked since losing players like David Backes and Troy Brouwer.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF PRESSURE
Maybe it’s a good thing that the Blues will be getting a big break from their barn. Perhaps going and playing some sound road games can get St. Louis back on track. The Blues are just playing irresponsibly lately, and they’re paying for it on a nightly basis. Dropping 5 in a row now; Losing is becoming a habit.
The Blues need to simplify their game. It’s time to get away from all of the pressure at home and just focus on playing fundamental hockey. Consecutive wins on the road can really increase a teams level of confidence and get them rolling in the right direction. St. Louis needs to get hot and bring that momentum back home.
THE NEWEST BLUE
Nikita Soshnikov is set to go and will make his Blues debut today against the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. He will be playing 3rd line right wing. Patrik Berglund is centering that line and Alexander Steen will be moving down to play on the left side. Ivan Barbashev will take Steen’s spot on the 1st unit. Nikita will wear #90.
I’m excited to have this player join the Blues. I am sure he sees the opportunity in front of him to join a team and make an impact from the start. I’m hoping to see him run with that. Sometimes being traded can be the best thing for you. Let’s hope that ends up being the case for Soshnikov.
St. Louis has collected points in 19 of 29 road contests this season, winning 15 of them. Today, the Predators should be a lot to handle. The Blues need to go into Nashville and take the crowd out of it early. There is no way these Blues want to chase another game, and they surely don’t want to be discussing a 6 game losing skid afterward, either. A productive 1st period will be one key to success in this match-up. A full sixty minutes will be the other.