ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- One of the best lines I ever heard from my high school coach was “you’re never as good as you think you are and you’re never as bad as you think you are." It’s brilliant. It’s so true not just in sports, but also in life.
The first 13 games of the 2014-15 regular season for the Blues has pretty much seen both sides of that.
As of October 23, the Blues were 2-3-1, and reeling. They lost Paul Stastny to injury and had no clue when their prized offseason acquisition was coming back. I wrote at the time that the natural ebbs and flows of a long season would eventually even out and things would be fine.
Well, since then the Note has ripped off seven straight wins and now have as many points in the NHL as anyone this side of Anaheim and Vancouver (who, by the way, have played one more game than the Blues).
Just like we said a few weeks ago when things were bad we need to repeat now that they’re good. Calm down. The Blues weren’t in nearly as bad of a position back in late October just because they had lost a few games and they’re not the best team in the world now that they’ve won a few.
Remember: You’re never as good as you think you are and you’re never as bad as you think you are.
The only thing this seven-game win streak does is it shows just how good this Blues team can be.
But we knew that, didn’t we? We’ve seen them go on ridiculous runs over the last couple seasons. We’ve seen them put up impressive point totals in regular seasons. We’ve seen this movie before.
Until they can maintain a consistently good pace for a full regular season and then carry that momentum over into the postseason, we should hold off on over the top enthusiasm.
We’ve seen time and time again how much different playoff hockey is compared to the regular season. Winning games in mid-November is a whole heck of a lot different than winning games in mid-April, let alone May. The Kings and Blackhawks have shown that many times.
Vladimir Tarasenko needs to remain one of the elite scorers in the National Hockey League, not just for a few week stretch. When plays need to be made in crunch time this postseason he needs to do it. The goaltending needs to be top notch. Everything needs to be there.
Just because they’re doing all that for a few weeks early in the regular season by no means suggests they’ll do it several months from now in the playoffs.
Things are good, Blues fans. But they’re actually not that much better – all things considered – than where they were a few weeks back. It’s just the natural progression of a regular season.