Pathetic effort by the St. Louis Blues last night, as the Minnesota Wild torched them for an 8-3 final. The Blues need it together here, or they could quickly find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture. The loss was the seventh in a row for the Blues, who are quickly scrambling and looking for answers. Thanks to their latest skid, they’ve fallen to 34-25-4 and no longer in the playoffs, if they were to begin today.
The Blues are currently 2 points behind the Anaheim Ducks. Their recent stretch has been ugly as it can get, but they can’t bow out now, as they’re still right there when it comes to the playoffs. The Blues are hoping that they can get it out of their system now before going on a torrid pace to finish the regular season. Last night was an all-time low for the Blues. We’ll see how they are going to respond to such a humiliating performance.
The beatdown against the Wild must be a wakeup call for them or it’s not going to get any better from here. What’d they do after they lost to the Jets 4-0? They came back out and lost to the Predators 4-0. After the Preds debacle, they took it on the chin again by a score of 8-3 last night. By this measure, the Blues have lost 16-3 in their last three games. It sounds more like the Korean women at the Olympics than an NHL team.
Carter Hutton got called on unexpectedly last night, as he was planning on rest for tonight. Hutton got thrown in after Allen allowed 3 goals in the 1st period. It obviously didn’t get much better for Hutton, as he was exposed as well. Are the Blues serious about doing well in the playoffs this year? They just sent Paul Stastny packing, so it appears they’re looking towards the future already. The Red Wings roll into town looking to make life even more miserable for the Blues. Head below for our free Red Wings vs. Blues pick.
Detroit Red Wings vs. St. Louis Blues Pick
The .500 Red Wings did some dealing at the deadline as well. They sent Tomas Tatar to the Vegas Golden Knights as the Knights look to make a run. Tatar is a fine role player that the Wings were able to get something for. At 26-26-9, there is no reason to attempt to go after anything this season. The Red Wings also dealt goaltender Petr Mrazek for some conditional draft picks. Mrazek flirted with being a standout and a bust at times coming up with the Wings. He turned into nothing more than an average netminder, but we’ll see what comes of his career in Philadelphia. Like their season has gone, the Wings have been average lately, winning five of their last ten games. Their last two outings, against the Hurricanes and Rangers, resulted in wins.
The Red Wings have scored 2.9 goals and allowed 2.9 per in their last ten games for some even more average numbers. In their first meeting this season, the Blues beat the Wings convincingly by a score of 6-1. If you recall, the Blues started out hot, with a record of 10-2-1 to open the year so this has been a huge wall they’ve hit. After an embarrassing performance last night, I expect the Blues to come out with some pride tonight and give a quality effort. No night off could be the best thing for them at the moment. I hate the “due” factor, but Tuesday night may have been the best thing to happen to them right now. After getting outscored 8-0 in the previous two games, they needed a wakeup call and got it. We shall see if it translates on the ice tonight against the Wings. I’m going to bet that they will save face and get their first win since February 9th.
PICK: BLUES (-140)