Most hockey teams in the NHL look at Saturday games at home, and see a potential for a win and an uplifting moment for their fans; the St. Louis Blues see a day off.
The New York Islanders strolled into the Enterprise Center with a sneaky 22-13-4 record, hoping to bring all the good vibes from the Blues’ 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals to a screeching halt. In the end, they succeeded, but it wouldn’t be the Blues if there wasn’t a dash of heartbreak sprinkled on top.
I’m not showing you highlights here. There will be no embedding. I just don’t give a shit. Let me try this way.
Brayden Schenn picked up sloppy seconds to give the Blues a 1-0 lead.
Zach Sanford redirected a shot for a 2-0 Blues lead.
At this point, it’s all sexy dance moves and whiskey sours with free tacos included.
Jake Allen, facing a few more shots than I had solicitations during a weekend Uber shift, decided to sour that lead with a soft goal. 2-1, St. Louis.
The third period rolls around, and the Islanders are struggling to reach 10 shots on goal. In less than 60 seconds, New York scores two goals and leads 3-2. It all happened so fast. Imagine getting fresh French fries from McDonald’s and devouring them before you reach two stoplights. It was that fast.
New York added another, Ryan The Magnificent O’Reilly trimmed it to 4-3, but it wasn’t enough. Islanders win, Blues lose, and the fans boo.
The record stands at 16-19-4. In Saturday home games, the Blues are 1-4-1 and have been outscored 31-20. On home ice on the most popular night of the week, that’s embarrassing.
Embarrassing is the trend this year for the Blues. Every time they defy their expectations with a win over a great team, they shit the bed soon after.
Saturday was a similar playbook. Build a two goal lead, take the foot off the pedal, allow a couple soft goals, and watch the lead-and a resemblance of hope-drift away.
Also, Jake Allen is so far from the answer in net. Don’t give me that “it was the whole team” line either. Sorry, but your time is up. He had a decent stretch last month, but overall this season, is struggling to be average. In 32 starts, he has a 3.07 goals-against-average and a save percentage of 90%. Give me a hard pass.
I miss Carter Hutton. I miss winning at home. I miss a lot of things.
The Blues play in Philly tomorrow before coming back home on Tuesday against Dallas. I won’t tell you what to expect, but I see a loss against the Flyers and a win against the Stars.
For now, I’ll pour some bourbon into my morning coffee. So long.