The Blues played six games during these two weeks and they did not go well. The short of it is that they lost all of them – playing particularly poorly and only able to even send one game in to overtime.
The first game was a very important one against the Golden Knights – a team the Blues had struggled with, but needed to seize the opportunity to beat a good team. They lost 5-1. It was a bad 5-1. After falling behind 1-0, Vince Dunn scored to tie the game going in to the third, but true to form, the Blues allowed 4 third period goals to get eviscerated.
The next game, against the Minnesota Wild (who are not very good), was slightly better, this time only losing 2-0. They played a somewhat solid defensive game, but ultimately if you score zero goals, you are not going to win.
The next game was against the Anaheim Ducks – another terrible loss against a bad team – this time 4-1 with Ryan O’Reilly scoring the only goal. There is not much to say when the team has mustered 2 goals in 3 games, two of those games against subpar opponents.
The next game, also against the Ducks, was probably the Blues best chance to get a win as two games against the Avalanche loomed large. They did not get the win, but at least were able to take the game to overtime, losing 3-2 with goals by O’Reilly, and an absolute beauty of a one-timer from Vladimir Tarasenko.
The Blues had a bit of time off to regroup before facing Colorado last Friday and Saturday, but it didn’t do them any good. They lost the first game 3-2 despite facing a goalie with only 15 games of experience. True to form, the Blues allowed Nathan MacKinnon to score twice, including the game winner on what was one of the weakest goals Jordan Binnington has ever let in.
The next game was slightly better in that the Blues only let MacKinnon score once. A very uncharacteristic weak clearing attempt as time wound down in regulation allowed Cale Makar to give the Avalanche a 2-1 lead that the Blues could not come back from.
Six games without a win at this point with two games early this week against Vegas – the Blues better get it together or they will not make the playoffs.