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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 9:46 am 
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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are looking for some more home-cooking before taking a break.

The Blues will seek to snap a two-game losing streak when they host the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night. After that, St. Louis embarks on its week-long league-mandated bye week.

Scottrade Center has been kind to the Blues, who have won three straight and four of their last five games on their home ice. St. Louis has given up only seven goals during that stretch.

The Blues recently got good news on the injury front as forward Jaden Schwartz is no longer on crutches or a walking boot. Schwartz was placed on IR after taking a puck off of his foot Dec. 9 at Detroit.

It doesn't mean a return is close, but according to Blues coach Mike Yeo it does mean he's on schedule. The team said Schwartz will be re-evaluated in six weeks at the time of the injury.

"So certainly, you're not gonna put him in a bad spot and try to rush him back too quickly, but obviously we're very eager to get him back," Yeo told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Schwartz was playing at an elite level when he got hurt, scoring 14 goals with 21 assists in 30 games.

Without Schwartz, the Blues and their offense have struggled. St. Louis has a 6-8-1 record without him and this weekend's games at Philadelphia and Washington, both losses, was the first time the Blues scored three goals in regulation in back-to-back games without him.

Schwartz's linemate, Vladimir Tarasenko, has busted out of his scoring slump. Tarasenko, the Blues' second-leading scorer with 42 points, has six points (three goals, three assists) in his last six games.

Yeo told the Post-Dispatch that the strong play of Ivan Barbashev has helped Tarasenko.

"Really happy with his game," Yeo said of Tarasenko. "He seems to have not only elevated his game but the way that Barby's playing right now I think Vlady has a lot to do with that, too.

"He's helping his confidence out, talking to him lots. And so that's a good sign for us."

The Panthers beat the Blues 5-2 at Florida on Oct. 12. St. Louis is 8-3-0 in their last 11 games against Florida.

The Panthers are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss at Columbus on Sunday night. The shootout went eight rounds.

It was Florida's third straight loss.

"It was a good point," Panthers coach Bob Boughner told NHL.com. "It was a hard-fought point against a real good hockey club. Both teams had good goaltending. We've just got to take this and move on."

James Reimer made 46 saves against Columbus in his 14th consecutive start.

Panthers center Aleksander Barkov said he believes the wins will start coming as long as the effort is there.

"We're playing good hockey, but we're not getting two points," Barkov told NHL.com. "That's the biggest thing right now. We need to find a way to get those two points. No matter how we play, we just need to find a way."

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Stastny knocks the loose puck into the net!!! Blues score 48 seconds in!!! 1=0 lead!!

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Great start. And they are showing some energy.

Guess they also need to stop slashing.

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Blues were down 2 men for 15 seconds, and they kill off both!!.

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4 on 4 and looks like a set play for a goal by Parayko!

2 - 0

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Beautiful passing play - Schenn to tarasenko to Parayko!!! Blues lead 2-0!!!

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And we give one right back after a Tarasenko giveaway.


Then Edmundson destroys McGinn in a fight.

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Looks like Barbashev is starting to figure out the NHL game?

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And back to playing like crap.

2 -2

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 7:53 pm 
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The Blues started off well, but are only tied at the end of 1. I hope they tighten up the defence and dominate The 2nd.

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Last two goals against are all on Allen.

He is crap right now.

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Allen has completely lost his confidence, and The Blues have also lost confidence in him. A bad thing to happen when a team is down 2 Top 6 forwards and in an scoring slump.

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Thompson snaps it in!!! Blues cut the lead back down to 2! But Panthers score an empty-netter right away. :twisted:

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VERY disappointing game for The Blues after they had an early 2 goal lead. The team defence was poor, the gap between the forwards and the defence was WAY too large. Allen was hung out to dry several times, but let in 3 key bad goals. They are tired, and can use the week rest. But, I am worried. Allen needs Brodeur to work with him again. The Blues need Schwartz to return, and get back to his early season form as soon as possible. The Blues need a boost from a trade, or Kostin being brought up, and playing a feisty game, and sparking them with new energy. They need a mental uplifting.

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A tradition unlike any other: a Blues goalie controversy.

No doubt, Allen let in a couple stinkers tonight and he deserved to get yanked. But we watched the Blues suffocate a red hot offensive team like Vegas in front of Hutton, only to basically lay down for the Flyers two days later in front of Allen. I'm sure that's great for his psyche.

Allen has shown these guys he can save them. Return the favor maybe?

The break comes at a good time for everyone w/ the Blues, top to bottom. Long ways from the games that matter. Get 17 back, wake Doug up from his post-extension nap, get in and let's see what happens.

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The Blues need a lot of things... the health of Schwartz first and foremost. Sammy Blais (and Kostin, probably) to be brought up, a trade to shake things up and maybe Hutton to take over for a while so Allen can clear his head and work with whomever he needs to work with to get his head out of his rear end.

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So we finally get to scoring more than 2 goals per game, and we have 3 losses to show for it... :facepalm:

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So we finally get to scoring more than 2 goals per game, and we have 3 losses to show for it... :facepalm:

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The goal off the faceoff - on Allen.

The 3 before that - where in the heck are the Blues forwards defensively? Particularly, the Wingers who, once again, are not picking up the late guy who winds up alone in front of the net.

When both defenseman and the center are with someone, and in good position, and someone else on the other team winds up alone in front of the net, where does the problem lie?? And it wasn't just the lower echelon wingers not making the play.

Same issue as last season at this time. Typical Blues fan response, blame the goalie, while not blaming the wingers who aren't being responsible defensively, but instead sitting on their wings waiting for a breakout pass and reacting too late when the 4th opponent skates right down the middle of the ice to the front of the net.

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