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Man disadvantage? St. Louis power play getting killed by Kings

May 1, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

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Including the first two games of their Western Conference semifinal, the St. Louis Blues have now played the Los Angeles Kings six times this year.

And here’s how their power play has fared in each of those six games.

Oct. 18 (Kings 5, Blues 0): 0-for-4
Nov. 22 (Kings 3, Blues 2): 0-for-6
Feb. 3 (Blues 1, Kings 0): 0-for-1
Mar. 22 (Kings 1, Blues 0): 0-for-3
Apr. 28 (Kings 3, Blues 1): 0-for-3
Apr. 30 (Kings 5, Blues 2): 0-for-9

Add it all up, and St. Louis has gone 0-for-26 on the power play against Los Angeles this year.

Yeah. Zero for twenty-six.

In addition to, you know, not putting pucks in the opponent’s goal, there’s another problem with the Blues power play: LA has scored shorthanded goals in consecutive contests.

While scoring down a man is the Kings’ strength — they’ve scored four shorties this postseason, as many as the other 15 teams combined — it’s something St. Louis almost never let happen. The Blues allowed just three shorthanded goals in 82 regular season contests.

“Shorthanded goals take away a lot of momentum,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We’ve had two shorthanded goals [against] in two games. Careless play by us.”

If the Blues have any shot of getting back in this series, they’ll have to sort out the PP. It was arguably the biggest reason why St. Louis dispatched of San Jose in five games — the Blues went 6-for-18 overall with two of the four game-winners coming on the PP.

Head coach Ken Hitchcock knows things have to change.

“The way we played on the power play doesn’t feel good,” he told NHL.com. “But we’ve got two days to regroup here and put our best forward.

  1. oside760 - May 1, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    hahahahahahahahahaha. the blues are sorry as hell

    • dannymac17 - May 1, 2012 at 5:17 PM

      Wrong. The Kings are good. They are legit. They coulda been the 3rd seed.

      All the teams in the west were closer than people realized.

      Stop being a douche

  2. namriverrat69 - May 1, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    I think he meant to say they have to put their best skate forward. And as Yogi said, but about hockey, “Hockey is 90 % mental, the other 45% is physical. Good old Yogi, always good for a laugh. And talk about an achiever he was 5’8″ tall but player a lot bigger. He was a 3 time American League MVP and one he was one heck of a competitor for a Yankee. But I digress.

    Something is in the heads of the Blues taking them out of their game. I think it’s the blues. Good game. Lots of solid hitting by the Blues showed their frustration that they were unable to get it together. Too bad for the Blues. GO KINGS.

    • blomfeld - May 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM

      Well said … however I’m not convinced that this isn’t so much about something being in the Blues’ heads, as it is a case of the Kings just playing excellent positional hockey … if it was one a one off, then sure … but this is exactly what happened to the Canucks too … I say give credit where credit is due … Sutter has his team playing like true contenders …

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