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.