This has been an interesting series so far. I was at game 3 last night. Honestly I thought you guys outplayed us - we got lucky on the one goal through Miller which seemed like he should have had but replays showed a slight deflection and that was probably why it got through. But overall you guys were in our zone most of the night. Our defense and goaltending were strong though and allowed us to hold on. Our offense has struggled ever since the Olympic break and our power play blows.
I'm also scratching my head on how you guys lost 9 out of 10 to close the regular season and then quickly bounced back into the strong team you were once the playoffs started. I know guys were hurt but still you guys look like the Blues that had a great season vs. the Blue team that finished the regular season.
As far as the change in the team, ask yourself what Chicago would be without seven of its top nine forwards. We sent out ahl and grinders against teams fighting for post season births.
I have been shocked by how little Chicago has been pressing with the lead. Seems like they are playing prevent defense am that usually only prevents you from winning. No doubt Chicago has a stronger top six forwards, but so far it's the defense clearing out picks that's saving these games from being laughers.
Game 4 is huge. If stl wins, I don't think they lose game 5 at home. If chi wins, I don't like stl's chances in a best of three even with two games is our barn.
It's an entertaining series, no doubt.
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