There were some issues last night in the Blues’ 5-2 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes. Most fans were focused on this (which admittedly did dovetail nicely with my earlier tweet about Allen sliding himself out of position making saves. It was almost as though Jake saw that and went “hold my beer”):
Perhaps they should be just as focused on the box score, which shows that the bulk of the Blues’ offense came from Vince Dunn and (accidentally) Oskar Sundqvist and that the Blues managed a whopping three SOG in the second period.
It was a flat performance made worse by some questionable goaltending. A week ago, the Blues lost by the same score with Jordan Binnington in net to the Dallas Stars in a similarly flat performance presumably drug down by the fact that the team was fighting off the flu.
Don’t get complacent: yeah, the Blues have only lost twice in regulation in their last sixteen games, but when they do lose the team’s worst tendencies sneak out. The pressure of the Dallas Stars being five points behind in the standings hopefully should be enough to scare those bad habits away. Unfortunately, the Stars have a 2-1 edge in the season series, and those four points against the Blues could be an issue down the line.
Fortunately for the Blues (though very unfortunately for the players), the team will not have to deal with Jamie Benn (upper body) or recent acquisition Mats Zuccarello, who broke his arm in his first game with the Stars. Regardless of who is in the lineup tonight, Dallas isn’t an easy game for the Blues, and it’ll be even less easy than usual with them riding a tenuous wild card bubble.