Apr 9, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT
Three straight regulation losses. Four in the last six games. Six in the last 11. The St. Louis Blues, a team many have been picking to win the Stanley Cup, are going through a tough stretch, and with the playoffs right around the corner.
“It’s been pretty smooth sailing for us through the year,” said veteran Brenden Morrow after last night’s 4-1 home defeat to Washington, per the Post-Dispatch. “Now we’re finding some adversity, and now we’re going to find out what we’re made of.”
Despite the loss, the Blues still dominated the Capitals in terms of puck possession, as this chart from Extra Skater shows:
In fact, Washington only managed 22 shots on Ryan Miller, with four of them going in. It was the second straight tough outing for Miller, who was traded from Buffalo to St. Louis at the deadline. On Saturday, he allowed four goals on 29 shots in a 4-0 loss to Colorado.
Offensively, meanwhile, the Blues have managed just five goals in their last five games.
St. Louis plays the Wild in Minnesota on Thursday.
- Hall of Famer Al Arbour passes away 20
- Poll: Who will be San Jose’s next captain? 24
- It’s San Jose Sharks Day at PHT 25
- Mike Richards charged with possession of controlled substance 95
- Gio won’t go: Flames extend Giordano for six years, $40.5M 13
- Pens’ plan for now: Crosby starts as Kessel’s center 25
- O, Dear: Russia fined $85K for skipping Canadian anthem 31
- Kings ink Ehrhoff to a one-year, $1.5 million deal 27
- Quebec City, Vegas advance to final phase of NHL expansion process 50
- Here’s the full NHL 2015 preseason schedule, starting Sept. 20 5