As exhausting as it has been to write about the Blues playing the Coyotes for what amounts to a regular season playoff series, last night’s 4-1 victory gave Blues fans something to be excited about. Was it a massive blowout? Despite what the score may look like, no - it was a closely held game. Justin Faulk had the two goals scored with Darcy Kuemper in net, one of which was a power play goal. Ivan Barbashev and Brayden Schenn’s goals were both scored with Kuemper pulled.
One even strength goal (technically) for the night isn’t enough, and the Blues more than likely know it. Both teams had goals called back on technicalities; both teams could’ve easily won.
It doesn’t matter if it’s an easy win or a hard win - a win is a win and it’s something to build off of. The Blues won the first game 4-3 in the series way back on February 2nd. The series now stands at 2-2-1 for the Blues, with a shootout loss on February 8th, five nights ago.
The Blues and Coyotes no longer have the luxury of being the only two West Division teams able to play. San Jose and Vegas are in action tonight for the Sharks’ home opener. Tomorrow, the Golden Knights welcome the Colorado Avalanche back to play after an 11 day absence. The Blues’ opportunity to bank points ended last night. Continued strong play from Justin Faulk and the team’s blueline will go a long way to helping the Blues get back on the upswing.
Tonight is also Arizona’s Reverse Retro night. These jerseys capture the garishness of the mid-90s perfectly - do they take some heat off of the Blues’ reverse Clowns?