I honestly think that the lack of a complete game is what has been bothering the Blues and their fans the most this season. We all know full and well what they can do when they're firing on all cylinders, but they just don't seem to have the oomph to do that all game. Forty-five minutes of hockey is not enough. Fifty is not enough. Fifty-eight isn't enough. They need a full 60 minutes; thankfully, they're playing a team who also has had some problems putting together a full game.
Coach Ken Hitchcock is feeling more positive after the last couple of games -- and yes, that includes the 6-4 loss to the Los Angeles Kings.
I’m really hopeful," Hitchcock said. "We’re getting better everyday now and I think we’ve just got to keep building on the good minutes. It seems like our good minutes have gone from 40 to 50 and if we can get it closer to 60, then we’re going to have a chance to win every game."
That makes sense, considering how most of us would agree that they've had a chance to win every game that they've lost this season; they just didn't capitalize on it because they checked out of the game halfway through, or elected to take a period off.
No periods off today, guys. Focus on winning for a full 60 minutes, and keep taking cues from Jake Allen: if a mistake happens, brush it off and rebound. It worked for Pietrangelo Thursday night, so it can work for everyone.
This is your gameday thread. Comment like you mean it. Let's go Blues.