Blues vs. Flames Recap

The St. Louis Blues, after going winless in three straight, are now winners of two straight. On Retro themed night, they defeated the Calgary Flames by a score of 5-0. Jordan Binnington, donning his Cujo dedicated mask, sat aside all 40 shots he faced, and Oskar Sundqvist scored two goals.

Everything that could have gone the Blues way, did. The 3rd line of Oskar Sundqvist (2 goals), Zach Sanford (1 goal & 3 assists), and Robert Thomas (3 assists) accounted for a total of 9 points. The Blues power play got a goal from David Perron, his 10th of the year. Their penalty killing unit(s) were flawless, killing off all four penalties. They were physical, as shown by Vince Dunn’s hit on Andrew Mangiapane. They won 55% in the faceoff circle and blocked 11 shots efficiently.

I believe “The Chief” and his decision of opting for rest instead of practice prior to the Blues past two games is paying dividends. It’s been a rough November, schedule wise for the Blues, as I’ve noted several times in my posts. That coupled with the injuries to Tarasenko, Steen, and now Blais, every bit of rest they can get will benefit them in the long haul.

The Blues are now 14-4-5, going 7-1-2 in their last 10 games. They have 33 points and sit atop the Western Conference, let alone the Central Division. Up next, the Blues have a home and home series with the Nashville Predators. Nov. 23rd the Blues will host and Nov. 25th the Predators will host. The Predators are currently 9-9-3, sitting 13th in the Western Conference with 21 points, and last in the Central Division.

Blues vs. Lightning Preview

The St. Louis Blues host the ex-Blue hometown hero Pat Maroon and the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight. The Blues after winning 7 straight have gone winless in their last 3 games.

The Blues lost to the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Saturday, just their 4th regulation loss of the season. The Lightning lost to the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Saturday after absolutely drumming the New York Rangers 9-3 on Thursday.

Coach Berube is changing up his line combinations in hopes to find some 5-on-5 scoring.

Projected Lines:

  • 1st Line: (RW) Jaden Schwartz (C) Tyler Bozak (LW) Brayden Schenn
  • 2nd Line: (RW) Sammy Blais (C) Ryan O’Reilly (LW) David Perron
  • 3rd Line: (RW) Zach Sanford (C) Robert Thomas (LW) Oskar Sundqvist
  • 4th Line: (RW) Mackenzie MacEachern (C) Ivan Barbeshev (LW) Klim Kostin

Defensive pairings are changing a bit as well. Parayko is with Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester with Faulk, and Dunn with Bortuzzo. Binnington will be back in net and looking to bounce back after allowing 3 goals on 24 shots.

I honestly believe that the rough stretch the Blues are currently in has been a long time coming. They’ve barely been escaping one-goal OT games and blown leads for weeks now. I wouldn’t say they are lucky to be where they are, because it does take a certain type of team to win one-goal games, but they haven’t been even close to their best. They have only played one full 60 minute game, against the Avalanche during a 3-1 victory, allowing only 18 shots.

I’m hoping they can return to form and get a regulation victory tonight. They opted for rest in place of practice, undoubtedly an attempt to fight off the fatigue of a rough November schedule.

Blues vs. Ducks Preview

The St. Louis Blues look to extend their point streak to 10 games when they host the Anaheim Ducks. More importantly they are looking for a victory, After winning 7 straight games, they’ve dropped their most recent two in OT/SO.

The Blues lost to the Coyotes on Tuesday 3-2 in a SO and then again to the Blue Jackets 3-2 in OT. The Ducks most recent game was a 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday. The Blues are 12-3-5 on the year, good for 29 points, while the Ducks are 9-9-2, good for 20 points. The Blues at home are 5-1-3, while the Ducks on the road are 3-5-0.

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington will be back in net, after Jake Allen got the start on the road in Columbus. The Blues are starting to shows signs of fatigue, showing up in bad penalties and being outshot heavily. They must reign in the mental mistakes, because they’re beating themselves and giving other teams points. A combination of injuries to Tarasenko/Steen and half of their games going to OT/SO is starting to show. Their schedule has been rather labor intensive, seeing them play multiple back-to-backs this month.

At the end of the day, if you were to tell me that the Blues were atop the Western Conference and Central Division with 29 points thru 20 games, I’d take that.

Puck drop is set for 7:00 PM CT.

Blues vs. Blue Jackets Recap

The St. Louis Blues were bested by the Columbus Blue Jackets in OT by the score of 3-2. The game marked the 10th game that the Blues have seen go into OT this year; last year saw them play 19 total OT games. After winning 7 straight games, they’ve now dropped 2 consecutive games; one in a SO to the Coyotes and this one in OT. Both games saw them leading by a goal going into the 3rd period.

Jake Allen made 36 saves and stole a point to extend the Blues point streak to 9 games.

Shots by period for CBJ:

  • 1st Period – 14
  • 2nd Period – 10
  • 3rd Period – 11
  • OT – 4

Allen stopped 13 of 14 in the 1st, all 10 in the 2nd, 10 of 11 in the 3rd, and 3 of 4 in OT. The Blues were outshot 39 to 27, and on the year have been outshot in 11 of 20 games played.

The theme of the St. Louis Blues 20 games in is bad penalties, OT/SO games, and injuries. All were a factor in tonight’s game. The Blue Jackets took a penalty in OT, giving the Blues a chance to win it with a PP goal; however, Jayden Schwartz jumped onto the ice for a change too early, giving the Blue Jackets a PP of their own. They wouldn’t let the chance get passed them, as they won for just the second time in nine games.

The Blues have a quick turnaround game tomorrow, in St. Louis against the Anaheim Ducks. As they travel from Columbus, OH to Anaheim overnight, they must reset and come ready to play.

Blues vs. Blue Jackets Preview

The St. Louis Blues may have seen their consecutive win streak end at the hands of the Arizona Coyotes; however, they look to extend their point streak to 8 games when they take on the Columbus Blue Jackets.

As I mentioned above, the Blues did lose to the Arizona Coyotes 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday. Their record is 12-3-4, and they must forget about that game quick as they travel to Columbus for a Friday night game and then travel back to St. Louis for a Saturday night game against the Ducks. Jake Allen figures to be in net Friday night in Columbus, as he’s proven to be a better play on the road, while Binnington will get the start in St. Louis against the Ducks.

This is the second meeting between the Blues and Blue Jackets; the first one going to OT and ultimately being won by the Blues 4-3 back on November 1st. The Blues on the road this year are 7-2-1, accumulating a 15 out of 20 points. When you pair that with the fact that they have a total of 28 points this year, that’s pretty incredible.

The Blue Jackets last game played also came on Tuesday night, and just as the Blues did, they lost in a shootout 3-2, coming at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens. The Blue Jackets at home this year are 3-5-1, being outscored 26-16 by their opponents.

Quick Stat(s):

  • Nov. 6th in Edmonton, Blues goaltender Jake Allen made 32 saves, propelling his team to a 5-2 win.
  • Out of his last 16 starts, 15 of them have come on the road. In those 15 starts on the road, he has gone 8-3-4 with a 2.37 GAA and a .921 SV%.

Blues vs. Coyotes Recap

The St. Louis Blues winning streak is snapped at seven as the Arizona Coyotes were able to win in a shootout 3-2 last night.

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington made 20 saves, but allowed both shooters he faced in the shootout to score. His counterpart Darcy Kuemper made 33 and stopped all shots he faced in the shootout.

The Blues got a goal from Schwartz at 17:13 mark in the 1st period, giving them a 1-0 lead into the 2nd. Clayton Keller tied the game up at 6:47 in the 2nd period with an unintentional pass from Blues David Perron, who attempted a backhanded pass, but didn’t get enough on it. Colton Parayko gave the Blues another 1-goal lead at 15:41 in the 2nd period, making it 2-1. In the 3rd period, Conor Garland tied the game up at 2-2 at the 5:58 mark.

The Blues had their fair share of opportunities, but Kuemper was up for the task in this one, continuing his strong play on the year. The Coyotes improve to 11-6-2 and the Blues fall to 12-3-4, as they’ve now earned a point in 8 straight games.

Up next, the Blues travel to Columbus on Friday to face the Blue Jackets, and then travel back to St. Louis to host the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday.

Blues vs. Coyotes Preview

The St. Louis Blues host the Arizona Coyotes tonight, as they look for their eighth consecutive win.

The Blues last game was on Saturday against the Calgary Flames and they won 3-2 in OT. They were winning 2-0 going into the 3rd period, but the Flames scored two goals in a five minute span to force OT.

The Coyotes played last night and defeated the Washington Capitals in a shootout 4-3. They saw a 3-0 lead diminish as the Capitals T.J. Oshie scored within the final minutes to force the game to OT. The Capitals thought they’d won the game in OT on yet another Oshie goal; however, the goal was reviewed and overturned for being offsides.

The Blues are 12-3-3 and the Coyotes are 10-6-2. The Blues at home are 5-1-2; however, this is their first home game since the 1st of November. They just got done with a 4-game road trip that saw them go a perfect 4-0. The Coyotes on the road are 6-2-2 and have won four of those games by 1 goal.

The Blues sit atop the Western Conference with 27 points, while the Coyotes are fifth with 22 points. This game should be a very exciting matchup, as the Coyotes are up and coming, while the Blues are in a familiar position starting off how they ended last year.

Puck drop’s at 7:00 PM CT.