There’s no such thing as easy in the NHL, but the Ducks are as close as the Blues will get for the rest of the season.
The Blues’ disappointing overtime loss, regardless of what particular defensive lapse you believe caused it within the last minute of the third period, snapped the team’s four game win streak. It also left them with one point out of two; thankfully, the Golden Knights managed to keep the Coyotes to just one point as well on Thursday. The Blues are still up by three points heading into tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Arizona are playing the Kings tonight, so neither playoff bubble team may have a huge challenge ahead of them tonight. That means that the Blues need to win.
The last time the Ducks were in town, the Blues did anything but. Back in March, when the Blues were mired in the doldrums of early spring, they dropped both games to the Ducks, losing 4-1 on March 26th, and losing again on March 28th by a score of 3-2 in overtime. Overall this season, the Ducks have been prime point targets. Since the Blues look like they’re starting to click into playoff mode, the Ducks might have something to worry about tonight.
Anaheim’s playing for pride at this point, and that’s something that the Blues should take note of. Teams with nothing to lose can still have something to gain; St. Louis might be in trouble if they take their foot off of the gas. With a 4-1-1 record against the Ducks overall this season, keeping their foot on the gas could mean the Blues snagging two more points tonight, and two more on Wednesday.
Chances are good that they’ll have to run with the same lines tonight that they did for the series in Minnesota. Overall, they performed well, though one has to wonder what Zach Sanford was doing out there in Sammy Blais’ spot the last minute of the third period. His track record as of late hasn’t been stellar, and he’s turned into Blues’ fans latest whipping boy – and this one’s warranted.
Klim Kostin should be here tomorrow, so that’s something to look forward to, even if he may have to sit out for a bit due to quarantine rules.