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Blues at Senators Game Preview: The Battle against Ontario continues

The Blues solved the high powered Leafs on Monday night. Can they take out the low-wattage Senators next?

NHL: St. Louis Blues at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Ok, sure, the Blues are still having second period hiccups. They allowed two goals against in the second period on Monday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs before Alex Pietrangelo could storm back in the third and score his 400th NHL point.

Two points acquired? Check. First in the Central Division with five points? Check. Even with the second period problems that were endemic last year carrying over to the start of this season, the Blues are having a significantly better start to the year. The Blues enjoy playing in Toronto, with Petro saying:

”There’s a lot of energy in the crowd, a lot of energy coming in. It’s always fun getting a win here. Carl Gunnarsson played here, Alexander Steen, Tyler Bozak. There’s a lot of connections here and a lot of people have friends and family here, so it’s a fun place to play.”

Tonight they’re playing in a much more different, much less happy building. Tonight, the Blues are playing the Ottawa Senators.

The team finished in the NHL’s basement last year and they’re off to an 0-2 start to begin their season. Fans just want to Fire Melnyk, who is the worst owner in North American sports (well done!). The team, the fanbase, everyone is displeased save for the guy at the top who somehow keeps making money off of a dumpster fire. The sens traded for Vladislav Namestnikov, who should add a little firepower but not enough to get the Sens over any sort of hump.

It’s rough, and it’s something we shouldn’t revel in.

The Blues, though, are out there to take two points regardless of how shitty their opponent’s owner is, and they do that well in Ottawa. They’re 5-1-1 in their last seven in Canada’s capital.

Brady Tkachuk, aka Other Baby Walt, has two goals on the season. He’s their leading goal scorer. Taken as part of a whole, that is half of the Sens’ goals for the year. James Neal has six. Right now, there are seven players who have as many or more goals than the Senators.

This may be a long year for our friends to the north. Again.