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PostPosted: Sat Dec 16, 2017 11:49 am 
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ST. LOUIS -- It sounds simple, but the St. Louis Blues know exactly what they need to do if they want to start winning games.

"We can't get zero (goals) or one goal at the end of the third (period)," said forward Patrik Berglund. "You're not going to win games like that."

The Blues will play the Winnipeg Jets in a home-and-home series beginning Saturday night in St. Louis as they try to find answers for their scoring drought.

Berglund's goal on Thursday night came with just under six minutes to play with the Blues losing 3-0 to the Anaheim Ducks. It followed a 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay two nights earlier.

It's the continuation of a trend that has been going on for a while. After beginning the year 5-0 at home, the Blues are under .500, 6-7, in their last 13 home games and have been shut out three times.

Nobody is struggling more than Vladimir Tarasenko, who has only two goals in his last 11 games, one of which was into an empty-net, but coach Mike Yeo is not pointing fingers at any one player for a team-wide problem.

St. Louis scored just 10 goals in its last six home games.

Part of the problem has been the team's performance on the power-play, where the Blues scored only twice -- both times in the same game -- in their last 23 opportunities.

"We've tried a lot of different combinations," Yeo said. "For me, the most important thing is that it's always about the next one. I think right now we're carrying a lot of baggage from the previous power play, and things aren't going well into the next one. You could be 0-for-7 in a game, but you get one opportunity and that could be the difference-maker, and I think we have to make sure we develop that mindset. ... We have to adjust our plan a little bit."

The Jets, who trail the Blues and Nashville Predators by three points in the Central Division race, are coming off a home loss themselves, 5-1, on Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. It was their first regulation loss at home in 11 games.

"I don't think we need to look anywhere to be honest. We just need to play the game," Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers told the Winnipeg Sun. "We've got 50 games left, so there's still a lot of work to do. Looking at the standings right now, we're in good shape but we need to keep working on our game. We need to get better. We can't start games the way we did today (Thursday) and I'm positive the guys are pretty set on getting that changed quickly."

Winnipeg is in a stretch of four consecutive division games, playing Nashville on Tuesday night after the two games against the Blues.

"It's a really big challenge for us before the break," Bryan Little told the Sun. "They're all big games, they're all division games and they're all against good teams."

Added coach Paul Maurice, "There's a lot of truth to the standard lines -- 'one game at a time,' and 'it's just another game' -- and I get all that. But when we haven't seen these teams -- normally we see them so often -- there is a rivalry, there is an intensity built into these games.

"They're exciting games to watch. They're exciting games to coach."

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Really bad timing on the injuries - playing Tampa, a hot Anaheim team, a strong Jets team in back-to-backs. Here's hoping they pot some goals. They should if they stick with the program. Expect to see Sammy Blais back in the lineup tonight - since Thorburn isn't worth a bag of AHL pucks.

And as I type that, checked the Projected Lineups - YUCK!! I understand Sundqvist playing with Brodziak out, but THORBURN and his worthless 5 minutes a night???

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ST. LOUIS - Kyle Brodziak is "dinged up" and won't be in the lineup tonight when the Blues host the Winnipeg Jets at 6 p.m. in the first game of a home-and-home, back-to-back matchup.

"He's a little dinged up, that's why he didn't practice yesterday. We were hoping he could come in and feel better today, but that wasn't the case," Blues Head Coach Mike Yeo said. "Hopefully he feels better tomorrow."

Oskar Sundqvist will take Brodziak's spot in the lineup tonight.

Carl Gunnarsson is OK and will play after leaving Friday's practice early after blocking a shot. Carter Hutton will start in goal, making his first start since Dec. 1 vs. Los Angeles.

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Vladimir Sobotka - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko
Alexander Steen - Brayden Schenn - Dmitrij Jaskin
Scottie Upshall - Patrik Berglund - Ivan Barbashev
Magnus Paajarvi - Oskar Sundqvist - Chris Thorburn

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Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko
Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo
Jordan Schmaltz - Vince Dunn

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Carter Hutton

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Kostin, Thompson and Blais up now! We can't run with this slop on lines 3 and 4 for the entire 6 weeks plus whatever inevitable extra time that Schwartz is out. At least give the team a fighting chance to roll 3 out of 4 lines for crissake. I figured the estimated 22 games that Jaden is out--and I started counting after the Sabres game--they'd probably go 11-11. So far 0-2 which is what I was expecting against Tampa Bay and Anaheim. I penciled in a split against Winnipeg but if Thorburn keeps getting a paycheck for skating 5 minutes a night and being generally useless the entire time, I might have to reconsider. There is no place in this era of hockey for any player who can only log 5 minutes of ice time. Everyone on every line should be getting at least 10 minutes a night and being useful enough offensively and defensively to deserve it.

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The kind of crap Yeo is pulling with Blais is similar to the crap he pulled with Granlund in Minnesota. Be overly critical of the "rookie" while favoring veterans with no skill over said rookie.

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Pre-game has Sobotka-Berglund-Blais together. Interesting.

Wonder who plays with Schenn and Tarasenko? Jaskin?

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It will be nice for The Blues to score on this power play.

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Tarasenko drills a rebound by the goalie!!! Power Play goal, and 3rd by him! Blues lead 1-0!

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Big kill needed now!

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Great kill, with a good scoring chance, as well!

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Good cover up by Hutton on that loose puck!

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Sundqvist finally just about to score, and Mason robs him! Boo!

And Hutton returns the favour!!!

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Yet another good save by Hutton!

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Excellent 1st Period by The Blues (especially Hutton). Let's hope they can continue like this and win, and then we get Pietrangelo back tomorrow, and become competitive again.

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I don't remember tarasenko looking so bad on breakaways before this season's slump. What gives?

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Not watching the game, just the NHL gamecenter at the moment... why did Hutton exit the game?

Edit: based on Robbs most recent post, it appears NHL.com has glitched and said Allen is in even though Hutton is?

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Great kill by The Blues! Super play by Bortuzzo at its end.

Several more great saves by Hutton! What a game he's having!

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Blues will need to kill another penalty.

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The Jets take a penalty, so they'll have the PP soon!

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The Blues will need another goal to win this game. Scoring before the end of this period would be nice.

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