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Not Giving Up Yet

Posted 4:57 PM ET | Comments 1
I was at the Joe last night for the Blues-Wings game and I couldn't help but be very impressed with the Blues and how they played. They out-hustled the Wings to every loose puck, their offensive forecheck was great and it created some Red Wings defensive zone turnovers, and I really like the Blues for the most part being very active and aggressive on defense.

I think that Manny Legace should not have started that game as do many people, Chris Mason is coming off shutouts in 2 of the last 3 games so you go with the hot hand. Even if Andy Murray says that with back-to-back games he wants to give each goalie a start, I think your best chance to win is going to be with Mason, even on back-to-back nights. Chris Mason came in and stopped everything until the shootout.

But with this said, call me an optimist but the Blues are 8 points out of a playoff spot right now with games in hand on several clubs, and they are playing much better right now and are coming together. Berglund has become a real weapon with his one-timers from the faceoff circle on the powerplay, and T.J. Oshie is really playing well. David Backes is emerging as a force as a power forward.

The biggest thing I see happening is that the Blues are getting close to being as healthy as they are ever going to get this season. With Andy MacDonald coming back in a week or two, I think the Blues have a shot at making an interesting push for the playoffs this year. And it all starts with the game tonight in Columbus, a chance to bounce back from last night's solid effort in Detroit by beating the Jackets, who are tied with a few teams for the 8th spot in the West. It's crunch time, Let's Go Blues.
February 3, 2009 5:31 PM ET | Delete
It's really unfair that the blues lost so many key guys this season. With the resurgence of some of the old school hockey markets in the states (chicago, philly) you can't help but hope that St. Louis is the next one that makes it to playoff team status.Not a big fan of kariya, but other than that, love the "nasty to play against" blues team that's coming together.
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