glen a richter wrote:
I didn't get to watch the Kings game and I won't get to watch the game tonight either, so maybe I'm off base here, but I still contend that the struggles can be attributed to exactly two players making it harder for everyone else. When Perron coughs up the puck and Stewart is Stewart, don't you think the defense is muttering to themselves something to the effect of "I'm tired of this nonsense" every time they have to motor back to make plays and prevent chances? I'd be tired of it too. I don't know if I'd stop playing hard, but it's not like they don't get physically tired of it. They can play hard in the first period because they have a full tank, but that doesn't last later in the game and it shows. Maybe they can muster up the adrenaline to make a late push if it's close, but it has to wear on everyone else covering for the mistakes of two guys.
Problem is a few of these games, the Blues have not played hard in the 1st period. The only game I recall in this losing streak when the Blues played hard the entire first period was the Anaheim game.
It's not just Perron and Stewart. As good as Ian Cole was vs Anaheim, he was horrible vs LA. Looked like a rookie defenseman playing his first game.
Yes, when Stewart is being the lazy Stewart it really stands out.
Perron went from actually creating plays - when they were winning - to becoming a turnover machine and not shooting when he should - see Tarasenko setting him up with brilliant passes and Perron trying to pass it back when he has the shooting lane. Perron is a complete mystery and maybe needs to be given the tough love treatment for a few games that Andy Murray used to give him.
One thing I have seen from lots of players - just plain bad puck handling. It's not a couple of guys, it is darn near the whole team. Couple bad puck handling with bad decision making, you get lopsided losses. Then there is the every shot or pass in the offensive zone is getting blocked thing, while every pass an opponent makes seems to get exactly where the opponents wants it to go, because the Blues can't get back and defend properly. Shots going in the net off of Blues players sticks. Passes going off of Blues players sticks straight to an opponent who now has an open net, because the puck deflected the opposite direction the goalie was moving. This list goes on and on. These last 5 games look ALOT like the playoff series vs LA where the Blues could do absolutely nothing right.