The St. Louis Blues started their season-opening road trip with two wins — one over the Colorado Avalanche, 5-3, and the other over the Arizona Coyotes, 7-4. Neither win was the prettiest we’ve ever seen, but a win is a win.
Last Saturday, the Blues didn’t get rattled, even though the Avalanche almost tied the game 4-4 late in the third period. Perhaps the Blues’ bonding trip calmed their nerves while they faced their division rivals who swept them in the first round of last season’s NHL playoffs.
Fast forward to Monday night, where the Blues played the Coyotes while Monday Night Football was still in progress. I admit, I multitasked and streamed both games on different devices. Anyways, the Blues had a huge five-goal second period, which pretty much insured them from letting the lead slip away and losing the game, I was still nervous because it’s the Blues and they make me nervous no matter what.
Right now, I’m happy that Klim Kostin and Jordan Kyrou had themselves a night on Tuesday with two goals apiece.
At the same time, the Blues cannot play a lot of down-to-the-wire games if they want to achieve a consistent season. This includes Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington, who has made plenty of noteworthy saves, but has allowed three and four goals in game one and game two, respectively. Binnington must be a consistent and confident goaltender. He’s been one in the past, so it should be expected of him this season.
The Blues travel to Las Vegas to take on a banged-up Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday, October 20 at 9:00 pm Central.