Hitchcock thinks those that haven't gotten sick yet will soon.
When • 7 tonight
Despite the fact that Saturday night's opponent is the rival Blackhawks, there are far greater concerns.
A bacterial infection, not the flu, continues to 'zap' players; Jaskin recalled form Chicago.
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock will be better off diving into a good Civil War novel than a video review Thursday night's messy 4-1 loss to the Canucks.
We’ve all watched it. We’ve all suffered through them. We’ve all ripped our hair out over it. That Blues power-play has been atrocious this season, hasn’t it?
Currently ranked 26th in the league with a 13.3%, things almost cannot get any worse. Factor in that the Blues have the third-worst power-play on home ice (10.9%), are currently on a 0-16 slide (including 0-9 at home) and you get a team that seems unbearable to watch. There has not even been a power-play goal since Alex Pietrangelo scored in the middle of the first period against the New Jersey Devils twelve calendar days ago. So what should the Blues do to fix this major problem? Here are a few ideas that could change things.
Ty Conklin and the Blues defense just could not stop the Blackhawk onslaught Tuesday night, despite an early third period comeback.
The Blackhawks, who came in to the game with a 13-11-2 record, opened up the scoring Tuesday when forward Jeremy Morin swarmed Blues’ defenseman Nikita Nikitin behind his net, forcing a sloppy pass that was cut off by Patrick Sharp of Chicago. He slid it to Tomas Kopecky, who cannot be loved by many as he is also a former Red Wing. He blasted it past Conklin for the 1-0 lead at 4:38 of the first period.
That wasn’t the only offense in the first though. St. Louis had an answer for the Hawks, when David Backes carried the puck into the offensive zone and slid it to line-mate Vladimir Sobotka. With an extreme amount of patience, Sobotka carried it low and threw it in front, as Patrik Berglund was there to bang in the pass for his sixth of the season and the 1-1 tie at 16:59.
The veteran forward guaranteed a happy Thanksgiving to Blues fans Wednesday night.
In a game that saw just 45 total shots, Andy McDonald took advantage of all of his chances.
Right off the opening face-off, the Blues drove the puck into the offensive zone and Alex Pietrangelo slid it over to McDonald, who skated to the top of the left face-off circle and blasted a wrist shot top-shelf over the helpless Pekka Rinne. In just nine seconds, the Blues had a 1-0 lead. The fastest opening-goal in the NHL this season was McDonald’s sixth of the season and his tenth point in the last seven games.
“We got a little bit lucky there,” McDonald said. “It came off the wall and I think it went off the defenseman’s stick [and] kind of came right to me and I got it in the slot there. A little bit of luck there but it’s good to get a good start.”
Two-Face said it best; it is always the darkest just before the dawn.
I doubt that the Blues players repeated this movie line before heading into the weekend, although it seems to fit rather perfectly. The Blues were driving down a dark road that had no glimmer of light. Giving up 29 goals in five games (all resulting in four losses and one overtime loss), the St. Louis hockey team looked like they would never pick themselves up. But back-to-back games at home can do wonders.
Friday night the Blues welcomed the Ottawa Senators to town. Davis Payne noticed a problem, or he just simply read the home page for LetsGoBlues.com before announcing his starting line. Erik Johnson was taken off of Eric Brewer’s pairing and was placed with Carlo Colaiacovo on the back line, while youngster Alex Pietrangelo replaced him on Brewer’s pairing. Simple proof that what is written here is the most important information for hockey fans (ok, maybe not the most…)
Remember that sweet win over Pittsburgh a few weeks ago? Erik Johnson had the game winner that night after a great pass from teammate T.J. Oshie.
Granted, Johnson’s teammate is currently unavailable to feed him passes, but it would be nice to see some of that production from Johnson more consistently. Let’s compare Johnson’s numbers from this season to where he stood last season.
After 17 games played in 2010-11 (the Blues posting a 9-5-3 record), Johnson has but the lone goal and three assists to his credit. He also adds an even plus/minus. These numbers show a drastic drop in Johnson’s statistics from where he was last season.
In the same amount of games played, Johnson posted one goal and 12 assists for the Blues in 2009-10. He also had a plus-4, which is pretty impressive considering the Blues’ poor 6-7-4 record at the time.