Blues Travel West

San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture (39) tries to maneuver the puck past the defense of St. Louis Blues' Carl Gunnarsson (4) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Tom Gannam)

By Patrick Kelly

The Blues head out on the road having given their fans more than they bargained for on the recent home stand. Not only did the Blues get four wins at home, they managed to do them in excellent fashion.

It all started last Thursday with a big win over the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 in advance of a matchup against their bitter rival, the Chicago Blackhawks. The Blues found themselves down by three in the third period when they mounted an impressive comeback to defeat the Blackhawks 4-3 in regulation.

On Monday, the Blues faced a big test with the division’s top spot on the line against the Colorado Avalanche. With both teams down several men, it was just a question of who would step up and David Perron answered that call. Perron had a hat trick, capping it off with an empty netter to propel the Blues over the Avalanche to maintain their top spot in the Central Division.

Wednesday concluded the home stand with another big game, this one against Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers offense was buzzing all night, but couldn’t get anything done thanks to the stellar play of the Blues defense.

The Blues are about to head into the Christmas break, but not until they get a quick road trip out of the way. The Blues traveled to San Jose to play the Sharks for the first time since eliminating them from the Western Conference final last May. The Sharks are not the team the Blues saw last year though. They have struggled lately, managing only one win in their last eight games. While Logan Couture leads the team in points with 32, veteran Joe Thornton, who was re-signed this summer, has yet to register a goal despite having 12 assists. The Blues are currently 7-1-2 against the Pacific Division this year and that will help as their final opponent before Christmas is also a Pacific foe.

After their game on Saturday, the Blues travel to Los Angeles Monday for the second matchup this year against the Kings. The Blues already have one win under the belt against the Kings whom they beat 5-2 in October at Enterprise Center. The Kings currently sit two points ahead of the Anaheim Ducks for the last spot in the West, but the Ducks have two games in hand.