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Losing Streak Hits Five For The St. Louis Blues

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues have not done well when they give up the first goal, have not done well trying to come behind and, come to think of it, have not done well in general over the past two weeks.

At a point in the season where the team needs to turn things around, they instead pressed down on the accelerator but didn’t take the car out of reverse.

The Blues dropped their fifth game in a row on Friday night — their longest losing streak of the season — with a 4-0 loss to Winnipeg that was effectively over when the Jets went up 1-0 midway through the first period and was pretty much put to rest 45 seconds later when the score was 2-0.


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Blues Interested In Real Hockey Trades

from Sportsnet,

Back in December, St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong said that he didn’t think his team would be in the market for a rental player around this year’s NHL trade deadline. In fact, more than a few NHL GMs have downplayed their potential involvement in the rental market.

Armstrong returned to Hockey Central at Noon on Friday and again suggested he could be active around the deadline without getting into the rental game. It’s no secret the Blues, with 19 goals in their past seven games and the 17th best offence overall, could use some more scoring punch up front. They’ve been linked in rumours to the likes of Max Pacioretty or Mike Hoffman, players with term left on their deals.

“I think we’re going to be active on hockey trades more than rental trades,” Armstrong said. “The reality is if you’re trading an unrestricted free agent at that time you’re going to get what you can get and sometimes that won’t come until the last second.”


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Blues Acquire Nikita Soshnikov From The Leafs

(Feb. 15, 2018) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has acquired forward Nikita Soshnikov (nih-KEE-tuh, SOHSH-nih-kawf) from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for the Blues' fourth round draft pick in 2019.  Soshnikov will report to St. Louis in 7-10 days after he has attained a United States visa.

Soshnikov, 24, is currently on injured reserve (IR) but will be added to the active roster after he attains his visa and is cleared to play by team doctors.  This season, the 5'11, 185-pound forward has posted 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 19 games with the American Hockey League's (AHL) Toronto Marlies while also dressing in three games for the Maple Leafs.  Overall, the Nizhny Tagil, Russia, native has appeared in 70 career NHL regular season games, recording 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and 22 penalty minutes.

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The St. Louis Blues Had A Three Goal Lead Midway Through The Third Period, Then…

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Whether the Blues ultimately catch the Nashville Predators for the top spot in the Central Division remains to be seen. But with the games starting to dwindle before playoff time, the Blues may be dreading the point they yielded late to the defending Western Conference champions Tuesday at Bridgestone Arena.

Playing in a building where the Preds rarely lose, the Blues were rolling along with a 3-0 lead with the meter running in the third period. But the lead and a chance for a statement victory was swept away in a bitter 4-3 overtime loss to the Predators.

After two goals by Nashville's Austin Watson over a 75-second span tied the game at 3-3 late in the third period, Filip Forsberg sent the crowd of 17,221 home happy on a penalty shot in one minute 19 seconds into overtime. Jaden Schwartz was the player whistled for the infraction -- tripping -- that gave Forsberg the shot.


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The Goalie Situation For The St. Louis Blues

from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Well, Jake Allen escaped January, the Alcatraz of months, the albatross on his past two seasons. And in his first February start, the big-contract goalie was stupendous, stopping 43 Boston shots.

So you could ask — why isn’t he the Blues’ No. 1 goalie?

But Carter Hutton is playing like Jake in that Boston game in every game. He’s won his past four starts, with two shutouts, and allowed just a goal in each of the other two.

So you could ask — why isn’t he the Blues’ No. 1 goalie?

“I don’t want to say that it’s a problem, but if we were, we’d say it was a good problem (to have),” coach Mike Yeo said.


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5-2- The St. Louis Blues Drop A Home Game To The Arizona Coyotes

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“This is embarrassing,” said forward Vladimir Tarasenko.

“To be perfectly honest, there’s no explanation for it,” Yeo said.

So if that previous home game was unacceptable, where does that put this one, Yeo was asked.

“It’s got to be unacceptable to them, I hate to say it,” Yeo said. “That’s the reality. I can say it all I want, but we can keep trying to do whatever, and obviously we will. We’ll come back to the rink tomorrow and that’ll be a practice that obviously ... we’ll have practice, but it’s in the preparation. For whatever reason, when you’re not ready to work, obviously that’s the result tonight.


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Jake Allen In A Rut

from Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

For the second January in a row, the Blues have a goaltender controversy. Well, it’s not exactly a controversy as much as a serious problem as Allen struggles to play up to the superb ability he has displayed in the past.

January has not been kind to Allen the past two years, and he’s putting yet another Blues season in peril as a result....

Since Dec. 12, Allen is 1-8 with an amazing 25 goals against. That’s 2.77 goals allowed a game. He has given up 10 goals over his past two starts and 13 over his past three.

The goaltender who carried the Blues with an impressive postseason last year is suddenly coping through the same demons that derailed him last summer and ultimately cost Ken Hitchcock his job last February.


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A “Meltdown” In St. Louis

from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Just when you think the Blues, and goalie Jake Allen, have turned a corner, there’s a brick wall waiting for them, with an open manhole right in front of it. If it’s not one thing, it’s another.

Allen, who came into Tuesday night’s game with a 1-7 record in his past eight starts but in general feeling pretty well about how he has played, was given a 2-0 lead in the first period but got pulled in the second period when Florida opened up a 5-3 lead with two goals in 42 seconds (and three in just over four minutes). A 7-4 loss to the Panthers sent the Blues into their off week with a loss that stings.

It was a collective meltdown on the part of the Blues, who spent too much time watching and not enough time skating, and it’s not something that started with this game. The Blues have allowed 17 goals in their past three games, the worst three-game run this season, and a number that is not going to generate many wins.


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Video-  Marcus Johansson On The Successful Offside Challenge By The St. Louis Blues

via NJ.com,

"It's a tough call. I think to me that's a possession play," Johansson said. "It's not a question if my foot's over the line first or not. When you have possession of the puck, you don't have to have the puck over the line first. So I guess the linesman thought I didn't have control. It's a tough call, but that's the way it goes. There's nothing you can do about it. It's not like we can challenge it back, right?"...

"You kind of start wondering what they're looking at when they look that long," Johansson said. "To me, it's pretty obvious if its' a possession play, it shouldn't take very long. Everybody knows that rule. If you have possession of the puck, you don't have to bring the puck in first, you can skate backward with it in. It's a tough call, but that's how they saw it."

The Devils lost 3-2 in a SO to the Blues.


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