By Patrick Kelly
Monday came and went and St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong seemed content with the team they have moving forward. After going on a three-game win streak just before the deadline, the Blues showed they have the talent moving forward to be able to make a run in the playoffs.
Although at times the Blues seemed to not play their best hockey, they were able to do something they had been struggling with: find a way to win games. For several weeks, the Blues had been building to something with bodies coming back and with Colton Parayko returning, it seems the team has finally hit their stride.
It seems like the move to not trade anyone was the right one given the circumstances with injury. The Blues struggled with chemistry at times as lines were jumbled up, but they have found chemistry late in the season similar to 2019 and adding a new body to the mix could set everything back. Mike Hoffman’s was constantly mentioned in the trade rumor mill, but after watching a few games from the press box he has seemed to have found his role on the team, possibly completing a final piece to the puzzle.
While the team may be happy that no one has left the locker room, there is still a lot of work that has to be done. After an extra break due to the game in Minnesota being postponed, the Blues will have to come out with fire early to counter a Colorado Avalanche squad that has propelled itself to the top of the Honda West division. The players have said it, but from here on out the Blues are playing playoff hockey every night and in order to hold onto their playoff spot, they can not falter from here.