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St. Louis Blues hopes too high?

Posted on: November 10, 2010 3:55 am
 
    As the one person who follows anything I say in my blogs clearly knows, I am a St. Louis/ Missouri sports fanatic. I have been my entire life. I will never discredit my teams' integrity in anyway. I have the highest of hopes, always, but still I like to be an honest, unbiased fan. That and I thoroughly enjoy the arguements involved.
    The St. Louis Blues are off to an extremely hot start. In fact, the best in franchise history. They are a young team that would seem to be a strong contender against anyone in the league. They have a stellar defense and an even better goalie. The young forwards led by T.J. Oshie are almost performing at the level they were supposed to in the past. However and most unfortunately , I am here to offer both good and bad viewpoints. I will start with the bad simply because I hate leaving a bad taste in the reader's mouth come the end.
    The Blues have been and still are notorious for their knack for ultimate failure. Yes, it hurts me to say it too but we all know it's the sad truth. They have the talent and the drive but they seem to be missing just a small portion that would make them great and Stanley Cup contenders/ champions. Aside from past performances there is the sabremetric view. The Blues powerplay is struggling. They are consistently underperforming. They show grit and determination but lack the sniper to put it away. This goes for the offense in general, they seem to be missing just a small piece to make everything fall together. Maybe the currently injured David Perron is the key but even if he is a star I still believe the Blues need to make a move for another true sniper before the trade deadline. See, not so terribly bad, right?
    The good news is that all of our problems are able to be repaired. If we get another sniper along with a few other things we could very well be that Stanley Cup contender/ champion we are hoping for. First we need some other things to change. David Backes and T. J. Oshie need to start scoring goals. Yes, T. J. Oshie is the points leader on the team but the Blues need goals out of him. As for Backes, he need to show what he showed in the Olympics. He needs to be that physical fore-checking forward who creates plays and is in front for the rebound. He needs to live up to the captain patch bestowed on him by his team. Along with that David Perron on offense and Eric Johnson on defense need to keep up their strong starts. As for the rest of the defense, what is there to say? Jaroslav Halak, the "Halak-ness monster" is playing the way we all expected (incredibly) and the injury-stricken defense still has not missed a beat! With the insertion of young players into our overall lineup such as Alex Pietrangelo and Matt D'Agostini we have not only gotten better but we have maintained a more than solid lineup. If we continue getting support from unsuspecting players such as Alexander Steen (yes, he was good last year but even to fans (maybe it's just me but I don't think so) it seemed almost like a stroke of luck, this year, however, could change everyones mind) and if Jay McClement keeps his streak alive, we could be a viable favorite in not only our conference but the entire league.
    All this said, I warn Blues fans not to get their hopes up too high. Yes we look good and yes good things could very well happen but there are still holes that need to be fixed. It's early in the season and nothing is for sure at this point, but be weary of what seams to be an annual curse with the Blues. I strongly encourage anyone and everyone to root for the Blues, I myself will be there against Nashville on Nov. 11th but never get ahead of the season. If we start seeing performances from what should be key players on the offense we will be very good but until then, hope the supporting cast is strong enough to hold the dam because if not, we could be in for a rough and Bluenote-patented ride.

GO BLUES!!!
Comments

Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2010 2:07 am
 

St. Louis Blues hopes too high?

I completely understand and I'm glad you enjoyed the blog. Arguements/corrections are what make these things enjoyable. On another more sports-related note, I completely agree especially now that Oshie is out, that the goals need to be more spread out. We have a chance to be good but we need to be more pass friendly. However, I have to say that the Blues are where it's at, not the Flyers... just sayin'. Hopefully we meet in the playoffs.






Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2010 2:05 am
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Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2010 1:53 am
 

St. Louis Blues hopes too high?

The injury to T. J. Oshie was big. Possibly season ending for the Blues. I still have hope, however, I'm not sure how well-founded it is at this point. I have a biased opinion which wills me to believe that the Blues will overcome it, but in the words of Bernie Miklas, "Oshie was the Blues' swiss army knife". He did everything. He was on the powerplay, he was the life of the team, he was a fan favorite, he got points and he was a physical player. He was the complete package. He will be sorely missed. However, I really do believe the Blues can overcome it. We have the players to step into place. Backes got his new deal and has been playing well since. That bodes well for the future. However, is that enough without other players having his back? Will he be able to consistently keep up his high level of play? There is a good side though. With Oshie out it forces other players to step up whether they want to or not. Maybe he will be out for the season but it might help prepare a young team in a way that would not be possible without Oshie's absense. Again, maybe I'm a biased fan but with the bad comes the good and I think this setback could still be manageable and if not, at least provide solidity in the future. Maybe I'm dead wrong. I sincerely hope not.



Since: Nov 12, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 1:25 pm
 

St. Louis Blues hopes too high?

Well I went there. I still have high hopes. Halak is amazing despite the bluejacket fluke. Really stinks about Oshie. But I am hanging in there with my hopes. I have also decided as much as a stanley cup would be the coolest thing ever..... I am happy with the blues. Overall they play good hockey. Feel better soon #74!!!!!!!!



Since: Nov 6, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2010 8:27 pm
 

St. Louis Blues hopes too high?

Too bad about the Oshie injury. That'll be a tough one to overcome.



Since: Sep 8, 2010
Posted on: November 10, 2010 7:25 pm
 

St. Louis Blues hopes too high?

If the Blues keep playin good, they make the playoffs. Then they go from there. Here's the thing, I don't know this early in the season how far they'll go. What they do for the next half of the season determines whether or not they go to the playoffs, but we'll sit back and see what they do.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 3:55 pm
 

St. Louis Blues hopes too high?

I forgot to mention, I enjoyed the blog. I have enjoyed watching the Blues when I can as they are an exciting young team. I am an Eric Johnson fan, my post was purely an analysis of the season so far. Picking up Halak was an unbelieveably good move and it's paying off. My only concern so far is the distribution of goal scorin. Too many eggs in too few baskets an a slump by one or two guys could be devastating. If only Brad Boyes could figure out how to score again!



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 2:03 pm
 

St. Louis Blues hopes too high?

I can agree with that. Eric Johnson may not be off to a great start, I may have jumped the gun a bit on that one. What I should have said was that he seems to be stepping up in times of need for the Blues. He may not have the goals and assists in quantity but the value of every point he has scored seems to be invaluable (ie his goal in overtime to beat the Penguins). Regardless, it should have been said differently. Thanks for the input.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:25 am
 

St. Louis Blues hopes too high?

I don't know that I would agree with your statement that Eric Johnson is off to a strong start. His one goal and two assists through the first twelve games is not where a player of his talents should be. In fact, it can be considered a poor start offensively for him. Additionally, he is a plus one, but that is good enough to tie him for sixth among Blues defensemen and fourteenth among all Blues skaters. SO I can't exactly agree that he is even off to a great start defensively. The good thing about it is that he will start to play up to his high talent level and that will help offset any potential slumps from other players.


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