Quick Hit: Make It Stop

Sometimes, as a Blues fan, I wish I could go into cryo-sleep until the Blues make it to the Stanley Cup Finals. These tortuous roller coaster rides in the playoffs are awful.

With every loss, I think “they’re doomed.” Or, “they’ll lose out now.” Or “this team will never win anything.” Or “fire everyone.” You know, standard panic stuff for Blues fans.

But I am concerned about the Nashville series, seriously. The Predators are playing with edge, and downright meanness. And the Blues aren’t so far, responding in kind. Here’s where they definitely could use Backes and Brouwer and even Jackman.

That fact is, I’m sure, not lost on the players. They’re going to have to match the intensity and force. The Predators are shooting at them with rifles; the Blues need to put away their peashooters and break out the .50-cals. They need to unleash their rage. And funnel it into smart, physical hockey.

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They’re Dangerous Predators

Center Ryan Johansen plays against the Wild late in the season.

A 4-1 series win seems convincing. At first glance, you might think that. The Blues defeated the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 to advance to the Western Conference semi-finals yesterday afternoon. Four to one is lopsided. On the surface, it seems the Blues made relatively quick work of the Wild.

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Blues In Command (Still Anybody’s Series)

Jake Allen makes a save against the Minnesota Wild in Round 1.

I’m impressed.

I’m impressed that the Blues are coming back to St. Louis with a 2-0 lead in their series with the Minnesota Wild in Round 1. I’m impressed with the play of Jake Allen, whose struggles mid-season seem so far away now. I’m impressed with the timely goals of unlikely scorer Joel Edmundson, who has 1 less goal in the playoffs than he did the entirety of the regular season (2 to 3). And I’m impressed with the maturity of young players like Ivan Barbashev and Zach Sanford in the first two games.

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