Hey, look at that. They don't give up 4 goals in the first period and they managed to win.
Anyways, kind of looked like we got outplayed again, but was bailed out by our goalie again. Is this what good teams do?
No, because the Blues aren't very good. They have a 20-6-3 record..bunch of losers.
Do I believe the Blues have been playing great lately? No, they've hit a bit of a lull. But for crying out loud, what kind of expectations do you have for these guys?
Our record sounds great, 20-6-3, and it is BUT the playoff format has changed.
Losing two games can knock us down out of even Wildcard position. It's VITAL that we win the games we can win. The format hasn't gotten easier, it's gotten much harder and we need to play accordingly. Coming out flat the last half dozen games is a recipe for trouble - that's the old way the Blues played and a tradition that needs to be taken out back and shot.
A better answer: To play like a team that spent to the Cap would be roughly my expectations. Stewart needs to go the frank a-frankin-way nowwww, Cracknell and Cole needs to stay, stay, stay, Bergy needs to be benched, Reaves needs to get well A to the SAP, Derek Roy needs more ice time because the guy does NOT dump pucks, Schwartz is a BEAST and everyone else is good or bloody fantastic.
I used to outright hate Halak and would have loved to see him traded for a bag of pucks, but the guys been awesome. Him and Ells are just MONEY in goal, it's not even funny.
But to properly answer the question, really answer it, here goes: I wish Hitch would not give preference to the veterans and do what's best for the team. He has this reputation which may be why Stewart gets played over SO MANY OTHERS just because he has years under his belt. He didn't play Tarasenko in the playoffs for similar stupid reasons. Isn't his job to win? Shouldn't players like Bergy and Stewart be made to ride pine? Where's the example here, or is it that the vets will always see things through, which is why we get old Dallas Stars players on the team? I'm seriously starting to wonder, because when he makes a few changes, BANG - we're rolling on all cylinders even if we're rusty and we're making things happen. When he doesn't, we get steamrolled unless players like Stewart decides tonight he'll make an effort. It's really pathetic and boils me.