Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, the Blues played two non-playoff teams and one playoff bound squad. Ottawa, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo. Easy peasy, right? At least two of those games are cakewalks.
The Blues got shut out by the Senators, decided to put up five goals (some of them even at even-strength!) against the Penguins, and then forgot what time their game started on Sunday (same) before somehow walking away with a point against Buffalo. The Blues are now 4-4-2 in their last ten when they just as easily could be 6-3-1, but they’re still two points ahead of the Stars in the standings.
The rest of the Blues’ schedule is very heavy with the non-playoff teams, and they’re seeing one tonight. The Edmonton Oilers, in an apparent quest to waste Connor McDavid’s prime playing years, are third to last in the Western Conference. They’re 6-4-0 in their last ten, but got pummeled Sunday by the Golden Knights to the tune of 6-3. Sure, Connor McDavid has 105 points, but he can’t do everything alone. He deserves a chance to be in the playoffs, but he’s (barring some weird miracle) going to have to wait until next season.
The last time the Oilers were in town, they won 3-2 in a shootout. The last time the Blues played the Oilers, the Blues won 4-1.
Vladimir Tarasenko’s condition still hasn’t been mentioned as of this writing; if he’s set to return tonight I’ll update this post. It would be nice to have him back; Perron’s return coupled with a healthy Tarasenko would be a welcome site going into the end of the season.