It had been a fun few weeks for the Blues. While the streak likely had to end at some point, you had hoped it wouldn’t come against a team that is 26th in the league. But that’s what happened when the Blues couldn’t complete the late comeback against the Devils.
Despite that, an eight game win streak is certainly something worth celebrating. Especially when the Avalanche had been and continue to try and close the gap in the division. Two points separate first and second place in the Central. The Blues did get a favor from the Canucks last night as they defeated the Avalanche to keep that gap at two.
And while the team will be looking to start a new streak against the Blackhawks tomorrow night, let’s take a look back at how the team was able to string those eight wins together
By The Numbers
The Blues collected the most points in the league during their eight-game win streak. Their 16 points were ahead of two other teams that were on win streaks of their own. Eight other teams played eight games over that stretch. The Wild were the closest in the amount of wins as they had six. The Rangers were behind them with five wins during that stretch.
The Blues scored the third most goals (28) and gave up the fourth fewest (13). They averaged 3.50 goals-per-game and gave up 1.63 goals against per game. And this was with a 13th ranked power play that was clicking at just 22.2% and a 16th ranked penalty kill at 78.3%.
Brayden Schenn led the way with five goals as he scored one goal in each of the last five games of the streak. Four of his goals came at even strength while one was on the power play. Two of his goals were game-winners. He had eight points overall. Schenn was fourth on the team with a 90.91 GF% at 5v5. He was only on the ice for one goal against in eight games. The number is even better when briefly looking at all strengths. He jumps to a 92.86 GF% as he was on the ice for 13 goals total.
Jaden Schwartz led the team in points with nine in eight games. He had three goals and six assists. Schwartz was tied for fourth with Schenn with a 90.91GF%. Playing on a line together, it’s no surprise the two were tied in that stat. Both were on the ice for 10 goals for and only one against. The same is true when looking at all strengths as well.
Vince Dunn and Ivan Barbashev were the only two who were not on the ice for a single goal at even strength. Dunn was actually not on the ice for a goal at all. The same is true for Jacob de la Rose and Mackenzie MacEachern but each only appeared in two of the games.
Jordan Binnington handled most of the starts as he appeared in six out of the eight games. In total, he only gave up four even strength goals while facing 100 shots total. He saved about one goal more than the average goaltender may have with his 1.00 GSAA. Overall, Binnington allowed nine goals on 137 shots. He was still on the positive end with a 0.52 GSAA. Binnington also grabbed shutout wins in the first two games and didn’t give up a goal until the second period of the game against the Wild. That was a shutout streak of just over 121 minutes.
For Jake Allen, he appeared in two games. At 5v5 play, he only let up three goals out of 40 shots. Despite that, his GSAA was a -1.00 in those two games. The number is a little better when looking at all strengths. His GSAA sat at -0.52 as he let in four goals out of 50 total saves.
The Blues found a way to make things work time and time again during this streak. And the rival Hawks could not be a better team for the Blues to face to get them right back on track. And while the last game between these two was a back and forth, high-scoring affair, let’s just hope the Blues can make it a little easier on all of us.