By Patrick Kelly
If you had heard any audio from the Blues locker room over the last few days you can probably sense how calm the team is. Despite losing five of their last six, the Blues seem to have a good grip on what they need to change and also understand that this is how the NHL goes sometimes. Monday, Colton Parayko talked about how the Blues had “played well in the games and just had a couple not go their way, but at the beginning of the season you might have a couple go your way that shouldn’t so it all balances out.”
This is a Blues team that seems most comfy when they have some adversity at their back. The reason this team is so calm now is because of where they have been. While the Blues have lost five of six, they still have a six-point lead in the Central Division and own a five-point lead in the west. A year ago today, the Blues were second to last in the Central, 19 points behind the Jets at the top and three points out of a playoff spot. This team isn’t panicking or concerned because there is nothing to worry about, they are right where they want to be and they haven’t got their top goal-scorer back.
Monday’s practice was also a good wake-up call for the team. With a lot of back-to-basic drills, head coach Craig Berube got through to the team just how displeased he was with how they have been playing, especially after last week in Calgary where Berube was pretty fired up after the Blues got caught playing the Flames’ game.
Tuesday’s morning skate was optional with about a dozen players in attendance. Jordan Binnington was the first off the ice so it looks like he will get the start against the Carolina Hurricanes’ Petr Mrazek, who is 18-13-2 on the season with a .904 save percentage. The Blues are back on home ice for a bit with not only the game against Carolina, but two big divisional games later in the week with the Jets coming to town Thursday and the Stars on Saturday. While the Blues aren’t in a do-or-die situation, they need to get back on the winning track soon as the Avalanche and Stars are gaining ground on the leaders in the West.