The Blues look to rebound strong tonight after one of the most disappointing losses of the season Tuesday night against the Nashville Predators.
After dominating the opening two periods of the game in Smashville, midway through the third period the Blues coughed up a three goal lead and then in overtime coughed up two points to the division leaders.
It was a severe blow to fan morale and one of the lowest points of this up and down season. In a word, it sucked.
But alas the Blues season did not end after that night in Nashville and the team awoke the next morning to find themselves still possessing a playoff spot, which in the end is all that really matters.
Yes, the Blues played horrible against the Predators in those closing fifteen minutes and yes they let a valuable point slip from their grasp. However, in this day and age, with half of the league making the playoffs, it is more important to beat the teams behind you in the standings than the ones in front of you.
Truth be told, I would much rather beat the Avalanche (which they did last Thursday) and the Stars but lose to the Predators, instead of the other way around. All the Blues have to do is make the playoffs and from there anything can and will happen.
Granted, giving away points to any team, much less divisional opponents, is not a key for success but winning three of the last five divisional games (if the Blues can notch one against the Stars tonight) definitely helps your chances.
There have been a few roster moves that have taken place since Tuesday. Zach Sanford has been activated off of IR and was sent down to the San Antonio Rampage on a conditioning stint. Tage Thompson has also been assigned to the Rampage while the Blues have recalled Oscar Sundqvist.
Late Thursday afternoon the Blues announced that they had traded their 2019 fourth round pick to Toronto in return for Nikita Soshnikov. He is a 24 year old Russian winger who has played 70 career games for the Maple Leafs. He will join the Blues in 7-10 days once he obtains a U.S. visa and then will head directly to the press box where he will remain for the rest of the season. Haha, just kidding (not really).
As for tonight’s opponent, the Stars currently occupy the first wild card spot and are only two points behind the Blues in the standings.
They have won five of their last six but their only loss came in the form of a 0-6 drumming by the Vancouver Canucks on Monday.
As I am sure you remember the Minnesota Wild had just lost by a score of 6-1 before coming in to St. Louis and handing the Blues a 6-2 loss. After that game the Blues turned around and thrashed the Avalanche by a score of 6-1. The point is, be weary of teams that are coming of an embarrassing loss. Especially a team coached by one of the biggest hard-asses left in the NHL.
Probably going to be another nail-biter tonight, hopefully with a different outcome.
Thanks for reading and Go Blues.