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Can The Blues Stay In The Playoff Hunt?

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues are scoring just 2.4 goals per game, which is fifth-worst in the league. Given the talent mix this team has up front -– young and old, with both size and speed -– there is no excuse for that.

Injuries to puck-moving defensemen Carlo Colaiacovo and Eric Brewer haven’t helped matters. Due to its ever-changing lineup, this team hasn’t developed the necessary defensive zone cohesiveness….

“For sure we have the talent,” Boyes said. “That is not a question. It’s a matter of execution.

“When we get everyone going, everybody playing their roles, we’ll be all right.”

But when will that happen? The Blues can’t wait until the end of December, as they did last season. Their rivals won’t make way for them as they did in 2008-09.

Earning a playoff berth this season will be tougher than it was last season. The Blues will need to make a big push, soon, and sustain it for months.

We’ll know soon enough if they have it in them . . . or whether major changes must occur.

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Call Of The Week Plus A History Lesson

John Kelly & Darren Pang, the Blues TV broadcast team, with the call of the week plus a look at the formation of the NHL.

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Blues Need Goals

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

If one hadn’t witnessed the Blues’ inability to score goals this season, it might be difficult to fathom based on past evidence.

Brad Boyes, who has averaged 38 goals the past two seasons, is on pace for 17. David Backes had a breakout campaign with 31 goals last season, but so far, he’s on track for four in 2009-10. Paul Kariya, who has averaged 73 points in his last five full seasons, is targeted for 31 points this season.

Boyes, Backes and Kariya certainly aren’t alone as the Blues search for someone — anyone — to put the puck in the net. After Monday’s 4-2 loss to Boston, the club has 50 goals on the season, which is the fewest in the NHL. In 13 of their 21 games this season, the Blues have registered two goals or fewer.

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Blues Owner Says It Is Time To Win

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

“I’m frustrated like everybody else,” Checketts said. “And I think it’s frankly time to declare the wait over. I think our fans have been patient, I think we’ve been patient.

“This is a team that the time has come ... it’s time to win. The waiting is over. We don’t need to be patient anymore. We have a right to expect. We’re spending enough and we have a terrific group of guys. It’s time to win.

“There is no reason for the kind of effort we saw last night. This team has everything it needs and now is the time to win. All year long, we should compete for first or second in our division. This team is good enough and that’s what we expect from them. I think everyone can expect that. And it’s top to bottom ... everybody in the organization has to be on that page. It’s time to win. We have everything we need to win. There’s no excuse.”

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Blues Got What They Deseved

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues scored 2 minutes, 3 seconds into Thursday’s game against Nashville, but coach Andy Murray bluntly said after the game that he knew his club wasn’t headed for a good outcome….

“It’s very disappointing. I’ve got lots of losses as a coach, obviously when you’ve coached as long as I have. That ranks right up there ... because of the way we played.

“We didn’t play hard enough. We had a goaltender (Mason), who played in Nashville ... (and) was doing everything he could to make sure we had a chance to win. Paul Kariya, another former Nashville player, is battling on every puck and is our best forward. We don’t have enough other guys going.

“We’ve got guys trying to stick-handle, we’ve got guys trying to toe-drag guys, instead of putting the puck to the net. We won against Vancouver because we played a basic, direct-line game. Here tonight, we came in thinking that we could play a different kind of game, fancy, cute kind of game against a team that’s just going to grind on you. And if you’re not prepared to battle and play a direct game, those are the things that happen.”

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Hockey Playing Started At An Early Age

from Bob Boyes at CBC,

My son, Brad Boyes, is in his fifth year as an NHL hockey player, and has been the leading scorer on the St. Louis Blues for the past two years.

Who would have guessed that 27 years ago? Certainly not me.

Brad is the second of our four children. He has an older brother and two younger sisters, all of whom love and play sports still. We are a sports family.

As a toddler, Brad would play mini hockey in the kitchen whenever he could with his brother, mother, and/or me.

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Blues Coach Must Produce

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

(Andy) Murray is on the spot. When his teams succeed, his exhaustive game-planning draws praise. Players feel well-prepared to face every opponent and every game situation.

But when Murray’s teams struggle, people within and outside the organization wonder if the players are burning out.

Have they endured too many group and individual meetings? Have they heard the same motivational note too many times?

Has their coach’s withering intensity sapped their energy?

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Evening Line

“I had the most fun in my career in St. Louis. We had (only) two married guys on the team, a good bunch of young kids going out and having fun on the ice. We played hard, on and off the ice. St. Louis is an unbelievably good city.”

-Brett Hull.  Much more on Brett from John McGourtey of NHL.com.

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Darren Pang Talks Blues & HHOF Class

 

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Blues Struggling

from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

These are self-examining, soul-searching times for the St. Louis Blues. A strong finish in 2008-09 and a grand beginning to the present campaign have given way to a 10-game stutter step.

Since going to Sweden and sweeping two games against a Stanley Cup finalist from last season — the Detroit Red Wings — a sour Note is 3-6-1 overall and 1-5 in its own building.

To make matters worse, the Blues have gone two games in succession without scoring, six straight periods without seeing a red light. With three more off days before the schedule resumes against Calgary at Scottrade Center on Thursday, there will be extensive appraisal of these figures, in the media and in the team’s practices.

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