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The St. Louis Blues Continue To Lose

11/09/2022 at 8:44am EST

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

Major change was always coming for the Blues.

They were always going to retool their roster and break up the remaining Stanley Cup nucleus. They were going to transition to a younger team with new faces and fresh leadership.

Time marches on in the NHL. The game has gotten faster and the competitive balance has become greater.

General manager Doug Armstrong wanted at least one more run with proud veterans still in place, but, as he noted last week, the players will tell him when the run is over.

Eight consecutive regulation losses after Tuesday night’s defeat in Philadelphia spoke volumes.

While this group has not reached the end of the line just yet, it can see the last stop from its current location. Only a dramatic turn and a sustained surge would keep this group in the race.

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KaszyckiandhisKrew

The Blues are in a bad way now.  They played well for 40 minutes  vs. the Isles (the only time I have seen STL play this year - so its my basis for comment) and Jordan Binnington seems off his game.  .886 save % is not all his fault - but in their Cup year they had a bad start then too.   Next three games are home (SJ) and road (VGK and COL)    I noticed that they have only played 11 games while many teams have played 14...but in their conference most have only played 12.  If I am coach - I point that out and start winning some games already!  :)       They are -20 on the goal differential.  That is not a winning formula.    They are 22nd in NHL in goals against and 32nd in goals for.   This team can score, but I would worry about playing better D first, as you can control that a bit more.   US Thanksgiving is coming and if they are still 32nd in points by then - stick a fork in them....but if they go to another bar and find a new rally song - give me the right to re-forecast  :)

Lefty30

Binnington is a hard player to rely on.

See he’s still bumping opponents on his way off the ice, though; that’s consistent. One can see how the option of the much calmer goalie in Husso benefitted them last year. The older core does look stale and no longer capable of leading a team to a top playoff seed. Binnington can still get hot but you never know when or if. They have some great younger offensive players but not sure if they’re the type to bridge the gap with an aging leadership group. Seems like a lot of Blues fans are underwhelmed with the state and play of the D-corps, too.

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