After a quick cameo at home Saturday night, the Blues are right back on the road to begin the week, this time, it’s just a short ride north to play their longtime rival the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night. The Hawks currently sit second to last in the West with 25 points, just short of the Kings who sit at the bottom with 24 points. The Hawks have also lost five of their last six games, including two home and home series’ against the Stars and Avalanche where they were swept in both.
After Monday, the Blues will head east to Pittsburgh to play the Penguins for the second time in a week after defeating them 5-2 on Saturday night. With it being the second matchup between the Blues and Penguins, it will be the fourth Eastern team to wrap up their season series with the Blues just over a quarter of the way through the year. In 13 games this year the Blues are 7-3-3 against the Eastern Conference .
The Blues continue to widen their gap between them and their foes in the Central. The Blues currently sit six points over the second place Colorado Avalanche who just got Mikko Rantanen back from injury on Saturday in a 7-3 win over the Blackhawks.
While the Blues rivals are getting their superstars back, the Blues are still being forced to use the next man up mentality and it continues to work. On Saturday night, Blues forward Nathan Walker netted his first goal as a Blue after his first one was called off on an offside the night prior.
While the Blues are still without Tarasenko, Sundqvist, or Blais, their power play has barely suffered, going from 17.39% in the first ten games to 17.24% in the last ten games. This is in part due to the weapons that still remain on the Blues roster, Brayden Schenn is on pace for a career high in both goals and points and David Perron is on pace to smash his previous points record on top of currently rocking a seven game point streak.
Jake Allen is expected to get the start Monday night against the Blackhawks after coming off a 2-1 win over the Stars on Friday where he stopped 31 of 32 shots. The Blues will also get some additional help on the back-end as Robert Bortuzzo will return from his four game suspension Monday night.