The veteran forward guaranteed a happy Thanksgiving to Blues fans Wednesday night.
In a game that saw just 45 total shots, Andy McDonald took advantage of all of his chances.
Right off the opening face-off, the Blues drove the puck into the offensive zone and Alex Pietrangelo slid it over to McDonald, who skated to the top of the left face-off circle and blasted a wrist shot top-shelf over the helpless Pekka Rinne. In just nine seconds, the Blues had a 1-0 lead. The fastest opening-goal in the NHL this season was McDonald’s sixth of the season and his tenth point in the last seven games.
“We got a little bit lucky there,” McDonald said. “It came off the wall and I think it went off the defenseman’s stick [and] kind of came right to me and I got it in the slot there. A little bit of luck there but it’s good to get a good start.”
Two-Face said it best; it is always the darkest just before the dawn.
I doubt that the Blues players repeated this movie line before heading into the weekend, although it seems to fit rather perfectly. The Blues were driving down a dark road that had no glimmer of light. Giving up 29 goals in five games (all resulting in four losses and one overtime loss), the St. Louis hockey team looked like they would never pick themselves up. But back-to-back games at home can do wonders.
Friday night the Blues welcomed the Ottawa Senators to town. Davis Payne noticed a problem, or he just simply read the home page for LetsGoBlues.com before announcing his starting line. Erik Johnson was taken off of Eric Brewer’s pairing and was placed with Carlo Colaiacovo on the back line, while youngster Alex Pietrangelo replaced him on Brewer’s pairing. Simple proof that what is written here is the most important information for hockey fans (ok, maybe not the most…)
Remember that sweet win over Pittsburgh a few weeks ago? Erik Johnson had the game winner that night after a great pass from teammate T.J. Oshie.
Granted, Johnson’s teammate is currently unavailable to feed him passes, but it would be nice to see some of that production from Johnson more consistently. Let’s compare Johnson’s numbers from this season to where he stood last season.
After 17 games played in 2010-11 (the Blues posting a 9-5-3 record), Johnson has but the lone goal and three assists to his credit. He also adds an even plus/minus. These numbers show a drastic drop in Johnson’s statistics from where he was last season.
In the same amount of games played, Johnson posted one goal and 12 assists for the Blues in 2009-10. He also had a plus-4, which is pretty impressive considering the Blues’ poor 6-7-4 record at the time.
The message? DO NOT RE-SIGN ERIC BREWER!
Brewer's contract is up after this season and there have been rumblings that suggest the Blues are interested in re-signing the underachieving, often-injured defenseman.
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This is not personal, it's business. I am sure Eric Brewer is a good guy off the ice, but the bottom line is that Blues fans deserve a winner and we strongly feel that Eric Brewer is not an ingredient in the Blues recipe for success and is actually standing in the way of the Blues becoming a better hockey club.
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After the Blues lost 6-3 in an ugly game to the Colorado Avalanche Monday night, Versus debuted their new show, NHL Overtime. This new installment is a Sportscenter-type show designed just for the NHL, and has feature analysts give commentary on that night’s games. The premier of the show placed Bill Patrick as the host of the show, while Billy Jaffe and Bill Guerin were the commentators. While Jaffe poked at Guerin and said that he was “quasi-retired,” I couldn’t help but think that this guy needs to take off the suit and put #13 on his back. He even stated later in the broadcast that he is “not recently retired.”
Would he be a good fit for the Blues? He did put up 21 goals last season on the high-flying Pittsburgh Penguins. Turning 40 last week, Guerin has had an illustrious career, scoring 20 or more goals 10 times over his 17-NHL season career. Brad Boyes, Andy McDonald and David Backes haven’t exactly been lighting up the score-sheet, and injuries to top-offensive producers T.J. Oshie and David Perron really point at getting some offensive help. It couldn’t hurt. After all, the Blues have just nine goals in their last four games played, which have all been losses.
Guerin’s power-play presence is a must too. He has been known to play the point, which allows him to take booming shots from the blue line. He has 130 total power-play goals, and has been counted on as the power-play quarterback many times in his career.