Opening night resulted in an overtime loss for the Blues, so the fairytale victory didn’t materialize. It’s one game. It’s fine.
Wednesday night’s loss had some good and bad to take away from its very small sample size. The first of the Capitals’ goals was scored by Alex “we gave up defending against him five years ago” Ovechkin, who is one of those generational players that thankfully not every team can lay claim to. The other regulation goal was a power play goal by Dmitri Orlov that came on a phantom tripping penalty on Tyler Bozak. Jakub Vrana won it fair and square in an overtime that perhaps the Blues were fortunate to get to. By the end of the game, the Caps had outshot the Blues 34-22, so maybe the fact that they need to limit SOG is something that the Blues can take forward with them into tonight’s game.
On the other hand, the Blues’ power play seems to be clicking well, especially with the Alex Pietrangelo/Justin Faulk pairing out there. Puck movement looked good and Faulk set up a hell of a one-timer for Petro,
Tonight, the Blues get to see the Stars for the first time this season. The last time that Ben Bishop started in St. Louis, it was an epic extended battle against Jordan BInnington that resulted in the Blues advancing to the Western Conference Finals.
The Stars lost their season opener as well, despite touted 22 year-old Roope Hintz scoring a goal thanks to an assist from new arrival (and former Sharks captain) Joe Pavelski. The Stars found themselves down three players by the end of the game - Blake Comeau was hit in the face with a puck and left, and forward Jason Dickinson left with an upper body injury. Roman Polak went into the boards head and shoulders first, and left the game on a stretcher, which was a play that Bruins announcer Jack Edwards called “karma” and then doubled down on that term instead of just saying, like a normal person (i.e. his color analyst, Andy Brickley), that the injury was because of a missed check.
Pat Maroon isn’t with the Blues anymore to score the game winning goal against his fellow St. Louisan Bishop, but the Blues have won seven of their last nine at home against Dallas and Vladimir Tarasenko has seven goals and two assists in his last ten games against the Stars.
I like the Blues’ odds tonight.