Some people need a smack on the head when discussing the Blues struggles. It's like they are oblivious to the injuries.
Seriously...what did they expect with half of the roster and numerous irreplaceable guys going down with injuries?
Twitter sucks for debating. Can't do it in 140 characters.
But the Blues were faltering even before the injuries. Their scoring was down and GAA up even before the injuries. The injuries just made it worse.
We slumped (Or as I feel, everyone just coasted) and got a few injuries at the wrong time, that's all it is.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but we didn't have more than a two game skid all season. Other teams have had 5-6 game skids at a few points this season. This has been a hell of a year for the Blues in the regular season. The one thing I think has been read wrong has been the challenge the team has faced. I think that's a good thing, to see how the team reacts after getting slammed for 3-4 goals without scoring one or just one or two. That we didn't lose that many save when injuries and Hitch holding out players says alot about our depth and core. We're going to lose some and we'll win, but with that said, we did really well this year. Why I'm not worried about the playoffs. To me, the team has proved that they have the mettle and the physical to win. They just have to want it, and want it badly, more badly than they say they want it.
We've dominated the Hawks all year and they're coming in banged up too, so that's just more incentive. If we don't win this series, it won't be due to injury or bad luck or Hitch's playbook or anything like that, it'll be due to these guys not wanting it enough.
And I feel they want it more than enough.
We didn't dominate the Hawks this year. Yes, we won the season series, but the first game was 3-2 Blues, the 2nd game went to a shootout and we won 3-2, the 3rd game we had a big 3rd period comeback and won 6-5 in a shootout. And we lost the last 2 games, 4-0 & 4-2.
Actually, both the Hawks and Blues got 6 pts. out of the 5 game season series.We are 2-0 against them at home though
. Our two losses and an OT win came in Chicago. So that is encouraging with us having home ice advantage.
And game 1 and 2 are played where?
Hell, we play FOUR games at home to their two. I'm still calling it Blues sweep. This has been by far the most bizzare year for the Note. Set a record. Have EVERYBODY saying we're going to get creamed (Had we won those six games, everyone would be saying it'd be us winning and that's just too damn much pressure, to me, make the Hawks work through that pressure again while not being 100/100.). There's too much weird and bizzare stuff going on that's making me feel like we're going to come out high winding and we're not going to come back down til we hoist the Cup.
Hell, if we're going to have a sentiment one way or the other, let's pick the positive. The whole city of St. Louis needs to pool into that and direct it to the Note. The Hawks ain't their team, the Blues are.
So let's destroy the Hawks. Say I'm a dreamer, but I can't be the only one. And we got the tools, a rested Miller and a ready-to-soar Elliott to come in with.