The Blues took this morning off, and for good reason. The team must be exhausted after scoring twelve goals in two games. The Ducks did pretty well bouncing back on Monday night, so a little more focus from the defense might not be a bad thing. Luckily, the defense (and offense) is more than likely status quo, so they should be able to adjust well to a late push from Anaheim.
Zach Sanford doubled his season goal output over the last two games, netting two(and an assist) on Monday night. Is he out of the doghouse yet? Probably not, but it is nice to see that every level of the team’s offense is getting involved. Justin Faulk contributed to both Sanford goals as well. There’s little doubt that being on a line with Jordan Kyrou and Ryan O’Reilly has helped Sanford out.
Newcomer with two first names Dakota Joshua (who I heard referred to as “Dakota Johnson” at least once during the broadcast) scored a beauty of a goal in his NHL debut. He played well overall, leading to some speculation that he may become a fixture even after Jacob de la Rose returns. So far, he’s an upgrade at center on the fourth line.
The Blues play very well in Anaheim, winning their last eight games at the Pond. They’ve also scored fifteen goals in three games against the Ducks, proving that any time of year is Duck Season. Another win tonight would help the Blues out in the very tight playoff race in the West Division. They’re second with 26 points, but they have three more games under their belt than the Wild and Avalanche, and four more than the Golden Knights. If the season standings are determined by points percentage, the Blues have some ground to make up.