Jan 20, 2014, 2:20 PM EST
With three regulation losses in their last four games, the St. Louis Blues are experiencing a rare bit of adversity ahead of tonight’s contest in Detroit.
On Saturday, the Blues lost 3-2 at home to Anaheim, their performance drawing a rebuke from head coach Ken Hitchcock.
“We’re not a team that can have one or two players carry us,” said Hitchcock, per the Post-Dispatch. “We need everybody, and right now we don’t have everybody engaged.”
The Blues have had one previous tough stretch this season, from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7, when they also dropped three of four in regulation. In their next 15 games, they went 12-1-2.
Tonight’s game also marks the first of four straight on the road for St. Louis. Stops in New Jersey, Manhattan and Long Island will follow.
“We need more guys to find a way to get engaged at the beginning off the game, whether it’s a hit, or a pass, or just talking on the bench,” said veteran d-man Barret Jackman.
Getting “engaged” is one thing. Some goals would help, too. The Blues have just five in their last four outings.
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