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It’s getting pretty impossible to know what to say now. Once again, the Blues lost at home. Once again, they only came to life when the game was almost past saving. They waited until they were 4-1 down in period 3 and then decided to play the hockey they SHOULD have been playing all game. Too little, too late. Looking for the good points, the Blues DID get a powerplay goal…Alex Steen continued his offensive push by scoring again and Carlo Colaiacovo also got a goal.
Erik Johnson was a healthy scratch for the game – with Darryl Sydor taking his place. This meant a defensive pairing of Sydor and Eric Brewer – which simply did not work. Neither are the fastest skaters – which came to haunt them for Nashville’s fourth goal: JP Dumont skated around Darryl Sydor as though he was standing still and buried the puck past Chris Mason.
The shot counts tell the story. Nashville outshot the Blues 15-6 in P1 and 11-9 in P2. The Blues typically came back and outshot Nashville 12-4 in P3. To break it down even more, our shot leaders for the game were Eric Brewer and Alex Steen with 4 shots on goal a piece. Brad Boyes, Keith Tkachuk, Patrik Berglund and David Perron had one shot on goal each. Missed shots, fluffed chances and the puck going high and wide will come as no surprise to anyone who watches the Blues.
Players like Paul Kariya (who is out with an “upper body injury” following the Sabres game where he was elbowed in the head by Kaleta) and Andy McDonald thrive on speed. Quick movement of the puck from the defensive zone – which is simply not happening. Too many times there seems to be no Blues player crashing the net and they spend their entire powerplay time either in their own zone or trying to dig the puck out of corners.
The Blues home ice stats are abysmal: lost 7 of the last 8 home games, have now lost more at home this season than they did for the entirety of last season (the Blues lost 13 games at home last season. So far this season, they’ve already lost 15). 20 more home games to play – and it’s probably time to start praying.
The question is – how much longer will the Blues faithful continue to buy the tickets if the team itself can only seem to be bothered to play for a small portion of the game? Anyway – your game reports:
- The Blues Official Site has its recap, highlights and interviews with Chris Mason and Alex Steen.
- St Louis Game Time points out that the Blues played 8 minutes of solid hockey last night.
- Dan O’Neill of the Post-Dispatch notes that the Blues are struggling on home ice with comments from Alex Steen, Andy Murray and Chris Mason.
With Paul Kariya still out, the Blues have called up Derek Armstrong from Peoria on an emergency basis.