The Blues have lost three in a row and in one sense that is just hockey. It happens. However, the way the Blues have lost these games is a little troubling. This hasn't been the case of a bad bounce here or there, this has been a spectacular collapse in the overall quality of their game.It's as if they have forgotten how to play as a team.
This recent dreadful play of the Blues can be traced back to one moment in time: the bogus match penalty call against David Backes in Detroit. Since the end of the second period of that game the Blues have been outscored 14 to 2 and racked up an amazing (and sickening) minus 60 in +/- in just seven periods of hockey. Given the talent level of this team that is remarkable.
Which makes me wonder if the Blues don't believe in themselves. Its hard not to get the feeling that we are looking at a group that expects bad things to happen to them. The response to the Backes penalty has been "Shit, we are snakebit and there is nothing we can do about it." Compare that to last night when Detroit didn't even blink after Franzen earned a well-deserved match penalty for spearing Perron, and the Blues, of course, didn't make them pay for Franzen's cheap shot. In short, the Blues are acting like they believe they are the hockey equivalent of the Chicago Cubs.
And on the day after nights like last I myself begin to wonder. What if they are right?