The Blues know full and well what went wrong Sunday night at the Enterprise Center. It’s not a simple case of “the Jets wanted it more,” it’s that the Blues played like shit and they know it. Jim Thomas goes through point by point in this article and demonstrates exactly what the Blues were supposed to do and how they whiffed, and it’s a doozy.
“That shift, everybody just did a great job of controlling it,” Winnipeg center Bryan Little said. “Anytime there was a battle for a loose puck we got it back, which was huge and allowed us to keep possession. We just kept going until they made a mistake and left (Laine) alone. He did a great job of finishing it off.”
Yeah, that’s basically the whole game in a nutshell - they made an avoidable mistake and the Jets capitalized on it. There’s nothing more frustrating for a fan to see one particular player score constantly against their team. You know the team needs to smother them, the team knows they need to smother them, and yet. And yet.
So just tighten the defense, please. Jordan Binnington can’t do it all. Luckily one thing that Mr. Roboto can do is bounce back after a loss. He has yet to lose two games in a row, and after a loss and he has put up a 1.79 GAA in those post-loss games. His save percentage? .935.
The Blues haven’t played as badly and as undisciplined as they did Sunday night since 2018. Hopefully they learned their lesson. Cover Laine, pay attention to where skaters are, and for the love of pete don’t let the Jets goad you into anything stupid.
There. Those are the three keys. The fourth key? Stay awake and get your coffee ready for tomorrow AM tonight - the 8:30 start means closer to an 8:45 puck drop.