Good road start for the Blues

Good road start for the Blues

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St. Louis Blues' Chris Stewart scores a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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by Jeff Abeln

KMOV.com

Posted on February 10, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 10 at 7:07 PM

(KMOV) -- For a team who struggles sometimes on the road, Thursday’s 4-3 shootout victory was a big one for the Blues.  It marked the first time they put back to back road wins together since late November.  Meanwhile, the Note is now (2-6) in shootouts this season. 

The team admitted today after their morning skate they didn’t play their best on the road trip, but said they’ll take wins anytime they can get them.  While the Blues sit in fourth place in the Western Conference with 71 points, there’s a part of their game that’s thoroughly struggling; the power play.  The Note is just two for its last 34 with the man advantage ranking 28th in the league.  David Perron told me he’s confident the power play will get better. B.J. Crombeen said it’s important for the team to simplify things and try to get a couple “ugly goals” to help build confidence.

Speaking of Perron, the 23-year-old’s confidence continues to grow.  He’s still battling back from concussions which kept him out for nearly 13 months, but it appears Perron is heating up; he’s scored three goals in his last two games.  

It looks like the Blues won’t be players around this year’s trade deadline.   They’re hoping Andy McDonald and Alex Steen will return sooner than later.  If T.J. Oshie can catch fire soon, along with David Backes, and Perron can stay hot, the Blues should be okay until McDonald and Steen return. 

The Blues’ offense at times this year has been stagnant to say the least, but they’ve tallied seven goals in two games; not sure if that’s a sign of things to come, but they must put the puck in the net more consistently because Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott can only do so much.   Here’s a nugget I found interesting but not surprising, the Note is (24-0) when notching three or more goals in a game.   

 

 

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