The Blues beating the Colorado Avalanche was an expected win (and one that hopefully will set the tone for the next four times that the Blues play the Avs). Their 2-1 victory on Tuesday night over the Minnesota Wild was less expected but no less welcome.
Tonight, the Anaheim Ducks are in town, and the Blues could go on a nice little win streak if they continue the level of play that they showed in Minnesota. They’re icing the same line-up tonight as they did then, but that isn’t necessarily a guarantee that the result will be the same.
Somehow, even with a five game losing streak, the Blues have the best save percentage (1.67) and GAA (.940) since February 1st. The team as a whole has generally looked better, though still seems to be prone to listless play. Maybe you can chalk that up to finding their way under a new coach. Regardless, the Blues are 3-0-1 against the Ducks in their last four games against; getting a win tonight could help solidify some consistent play and create the second win streak under Mike Yeo.
Both teams are 5-5-0 in their last ten games, and both teams are locked in battles for playoff positioning. Calgary is right behind the Ducks and Oilers in the Pacific, and the Kings are in the hunt as well. St. Louis is in the other Wild Card slot, creating a log-jam that the Blues aren’t used to dealing with. The Blues have lost seven of their last nine home games; to maintain the pace in the playoff race, that problem is going to have to be solved ASAP. Luckily the Blues have played well in back to backs this year, and tomorrow night is another home game, this time against the New York Islanders.