Random Blues Thoughts Following Two Wins

Jeff Quirin gives his views and opinions on the past two Blues’ wins.

The two most recent Stanley Cup Champions came to St. Louis. They came seeking victories and left wondering how they could get the puck past the Slovakian netminding wizard that is Jaroslav Halak.

Quick and Dirty Details

Goals vs Blackhawks from: David Perron x2 (3rd & 4th), Roman Polak (1st), Patrik Berglund (3rd)

Goals vs Penguins from: Erik Johnson (1st)

Goaltending: 2 Goals Against, 54 of 56 saves, .964 Save%

Shots: Outshot 52 – 56

Power Play: 1 for 6
Penalty Kill: 6 for 7

Happy Thoughts

- David Perron is finding a groove. His confidence is high and the effort level marches. When he is fired up there are few hockey players worth watching more than he.

- The Perron-David Backes-TJ Oshie line just out worked their opposition, especially in the offensive zone on the forecheck.

- The overall play of Patrik Berglund and Alex Pietrangelo in both tilts was wonderful. Totally committed to the 200 foot game. Is there a better defenseman in the lineup than Pietrangelo? Two exceptional games of increased minutes against stronger forwards and he handled the assignment with relative ease. Only seven games, but so many positive signs.

- Halak was supported by the five in front of him and he stole the game from the Pens. The shot total (24 to 31) is deceiving. The Blues kept up with the Pens and allowed few second chances.

- Vladimir Sobotka is not only a fun name to say, he is very fun to watch. Have to love a “little” guy like Sobotka running around and popping guys twice his size. Nevermind he has some skill to make offensive plays. Forgot “Oshie’d”… Here comes “Sobotka’d”!

Not So Happy Thoughts

- Roman Polak was cut by Sidney Crosby’s skate Saturday. The nasty cut will keep him off the ice for Thursdays game in Nashville and possibly Saturday back in St. Louis against the Thrashers. Tyson Strachan will fill the void.

- No one besides Perron and Oshie are producing at even strength. That’s not to say they didn’t get chances, but Backes, Brad Boyes, Andy McDonald and Alex Steen can’t buy a goal lately. Even Berglund’s came on the man advantage Possession is not turning in to goals. Big concern.

Blues News and Notes

Bam Bam Cam Janssen is back!

I don’t buy in to all of these Backes want out rumors.

I did a Q&A with Russian Hockey journalist Alessandro Seren Rosso regarding regarding Blues prospects in the KHL, namely 2010 First Round pick Vladimir Tarasenko.