The St. Louis Blues are 3-3-0 in their current homestand with one game to go. Once again, inconsistency is hurting this team. The Blues don’t have what they did last season. They were healthier in 2021-22 and got career seasons from a number of players. It’s been much harder for them to stay healthy in 2022-23, and the results have shown that for the entire season.
There’s been more clarity on what the Blues will do at the deadline over the last couple of weeks. I’m not surprised by their results over the last two months. They’ve dealt with a lot of injuries, and they were a flawed team to begin with. There aren’t many coaches that could keep this team afloat right now, so head coach Craig Berube shouldn’t get much blame for how this season has played out.
Blues Go 2-1-0 Last Week
The Blues opened the week with a 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators. The mistakes of Senators goaltender Cam Talbot helped the Blues get this win. They were outshot 33-20, but Jordan Binnington held strong with 32 saves on 33 shots. One of the key stats that helped the Blues was winning 69 percent of the faceoffs. This was also a terrific game for Jake Neighbours, who looks like a different player in his return to the NHL. He scored a goal, dropped the gloves, had three shots on goal, two hits, one blocked shot, and a plus/minus of plus-2.
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The second game of the week was another win for the Blues, as they beat the Nashville Predators 5-2. This was one of their most prominent offensive performances in a while. They outshot the Predators 33-26 and won 71 percent of the faceoffs. They scored three goals in the second period and two goals in the third. Forwards Tyler Pitlick, Brandon Saad, and Robert Thomas each had two points. The Blues only went 1-for-4 on the power play but finished 4-for-4 on the penalty kill in this game. They are now 2-1-0 against the Predators this season.
Saturday night’s loss to the Chicago Blackhawks was ugly. The Blackhawks have been playing better lately after a rough start, but that’s no excuse. They are looking to get the number one pick in the 2023 Draft and select Connor Bedard to continue their rebuild. Going into this game, the Blackhawks had won five of six games. The Blues outshot them 11-3 in the first but had a 2-0 deficit going into the second period. It was a performance to forget for…