Remember when phrases like “back-to-back,” “record after a win,” and “national broadcast” used to be scary?
Yesterday afternoon’s shutout win against the Colorado Avalanche tied the Blues second-best win streak in franchise history. A win today in Minnesota would tie the first. Literally the entire team has improved, from top to bottom. Vladimir Tarasenko is on an 11 game point streak. Oskar Sundqvist is exceeding expectations. Jake Allen appears to have stabilized and turned in one hell of a show yesterday. Jay Bouwmeester looks like Jay Bouwmeester again. Instead of being sellers next week at the trade deadline, the Blues can probably stand pat with confidence.
For all of the confidence that the Blues have recently discovered as of late, the Wild have been all over the place. They’re still in the Western Conference’s second wild card spot by a point, but that has taken more than a little luck. They’re 3-4-3 in their last ten games and two games over .500, but haven’t completed the dive out of the playoffs that the Colorado Avalanche have.
Blowing a 4-1 lead to the New Jersey Devils is not a confidence booster, however, and that’s what the Wild spent their Friday night doing.
The Wild and the Blues traditionally play each other very close, but the Blues lost both games against Minnesota earlier this season. That feels like eons ago, especially with the team on the brink of an unthinkable ten game winning streak.
This is your GameDay Thread. Comment like you want another win.
Let’s do this. Let’s Go Blues.