Allen Stabilizes Blues Once Again
Every game is big from here on out but you can’t stress how badly St. Louis needed Thursday’s win over Phoenix.
You have to give GM Doug Armstrong and Head Coach Ken Hitchcock credit for taking a risk and starting rookie goaltender Jake Allen. It was a ballsy move and it paid off in a big way.
This is why these guys are paid to do what they do. They’re successful people for a reason.
Then again if I couldn’t second guess how boring would my job be?
Allen wasn’t great but he didn’t need to be. He received some support offensively and once again gave his team a chance to win. That’s all you really can ask from your goaltender.
The Blues are a little unstable right now with the injuries to three key players. Again, Allen gave them the stabilizing presence they needed.
I can’t help but be impressed with how well this kid handles the big stage both on and off the ice. Each NHL season delivers unpredictable storylines. Who saw this coming?
The Blues can only hope Jaro Halak is pissed off and gets going. They need this guy if they're going to make some noise come playoff time.
Allen has allowed three goals in three of his four road starts but remains undefeated away from the Scottrade Center.
Obviously the threesome of David Perron, Chris Stewart, and Patrik Berglund showed up. These three combined for 8 points and were a plus-8.
These guys are at their best when they make plays. They were each drafted in the first round for a reason and are showing some chemistry that was missing in the past.
Anyone notice whichever line Chris Stewart joins seems to play better? He’s playing as confident as he has since leaving Colorado while elevating the play of those around him.
Vladimir Sobotka played 18:03, scored a goal, recorded 3 shots, and won 10 of 13 draws.
Perron had five hits to go along with three assists and a plus-4. He was originally credited with four helpers but the assist on Berglund’s first goal was later credited to Stewart.
The Blues as a team finished with 30 hits and 18 blocks. Roman Polak and Barret Jackman had five blocks each.
Jackman also had an assist, three hits, and was a plus-3.
Every forward on the team registered a shot except Chris Porter.
Couldn’t help but be happy for Scott Nichol who continues to grind it out at 38 years old. Ryan Reaves played one of his better games and deserves credit for forcing a turnover on the Nichol goal.
Nichol’s performance earned him the Mercy Heart Hospital award I give out to the player who shows the most heart. I do this following every game on 590 The Fan.
How good was Jaden Schwartz in his own end?
As Bernie Miklasz pointed out today on Stltoday.com, Jake Allen has received plenty of offensive support in each of his four starts on the road.
St. Louis has tallied 19 goals over these four games including last night’s 6-3 victory.
The Blues have scored just five goals in the last three road games in which Allen wasn’t the starter. Four of those five goals came in Tuesday’s 6-4 loss to LA.
The Blues have been more efficient offensively on the road than they have been at home. They’ve scored 39 goals in 12 road games compared to 29 in 11 home contests.
The Blues do need to improve their PK on the road where they rank 22nd in the NHL at 76%. They’re 5th in the NHL at home.
Andy McDonald and Alex Steen are skating but both still need time before they’re ready to return.
It looks like Jason Arnott could sign as soon as Sunday or Monday. Arnott is apparently in great shape but the team will make sure he’s given a safety net down low so he doesn’t have to cover 200 feet.
More to come,
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