The 2011-2012 Blues
This is a continuation of Shadowcaver's famous blues threads. I just got done watching the Blues play the Blackhawks, and I have to say, I'm seeing certain weaknesses on the part of the Blues that could end up proving fatal if we ever hope to land our first Stanley Cup this year.
First, we are not doing very well as a road team. Today's game was a prime example...1-0 lead through two periods, the Blackhawks come back with a tying goal, then Backes kicks the puck into his own net, then the empty net goal (which doesn't bother me as much because it's empty net). In regulation, we are 10-13 on the road, despite being 26-3 at home.
Against our own conference thus far, we are 5-8 in regulation. I realize we are a great home team, but if we don't start playing better on the road, it's going to cost us. We're not scoring enough goals on the road and we're making careless mistakes. If the Blues are a Stanley Cup contending team, it shouldn't bother them what rink they're playing on. And while we are putting up better numbers against the good teams then ever before, we need to start dominating in our own conference more. Thus far, I think we've lost every time to Nashville, we're 2-3 against Detroit, and 1-2 against Chicago. Almost all of our regulation losses have primarily been on the road.
If we can improve on the road and start winning on the road against Nashville, Chicago, and Detroit, then I believe we are potentially unstoppable.
Your thoughts and input would be appreciated.