The Blues lose to Coyotes 3-2. The losing streak and the struggles continued for the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night. Check out our recap of last night’s loss here.
The Blues lose to the Coyotes 3-2
When it rains, it pours. Right now for the Blues, it feels like a hurricane. St. Louis dropped their third straight game last night, and the sixth loss out of their last eight games. By the way, they lost to the Coyotes who were 1-13-1 coming into the game. St. Louis is slowly falling back to earth after their hot start.
Arizona got on the board first at 7:37 in the first period on a goal scored by Kyle Capobianco, his first of the year. Later in the period, the Blues responded with a goal of their own from Jordan Kyrou, his seventh of the year at 17:57 in the first period. Kyrou leads the Blues in points and goals this year.
The Coyotes broke the tie at 11:35 in the second period with a goal from Barrett Hayton, also his first goal of the year. There would be some rough play by both teams after this goal that led to a 4-on-4 chance, and a breakaway goal from Torey Krug tied it at two.
It was quiet for most of the third until the Coyotes scored the final goal of the game just seconds into their power-play at 13:52 by Hayton, his second of the year and on the night. As Jon Rothstein of college basketball says, “the epitome of brutality.”
It is still very early in the season, and by no means time to panic, but there is much room for concern. What can the Blues do to turn their play around? Did we overachieve to start the year? These are two questions that certainly come to mind.
Brutally Honest Krug
Torey Krug played one of his better games last night as a St. Louis Blue, and he is off to a very good start this year. Krug scored another goal, after coming off the COVID list, his third of the year. Krug was brutally honest about how the Blues played after Tuesday night’s game.
“I thought at times we just played stupid,” Krug said.
Torey Krug said exactly what most of the fans are thinking.
How Can The Blues Turn It Around?
For starters, the Blues have to find a way to be more consistent. That has been an issue in the last eight games is the consistency. They have been streaky offensively, which causes struggles at full strength.
They have to find ways to stay healthy and away from COVID. This is a priority you can make for any team, but for the Blues, they have had many issues already this season with COVID and actual injuries. It is hard to be consistent if your roster is not always consistent.
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Top players have to find a way to impact the game. Through the last six games, David Perron and many other significant players have been nowhere to be seen. O’Reilly had a good game with two assists last night and he will slowly get back into the groove coming off his COVID time.
Did We Overhype The Blues?
The Blues did get off to the best start in franchise history but they have quickly fallen back to earth. This team does have the capability of being very good but we may have fallen in love too quickly, and too early.
The Blues are still in the race in the Central Division. After falling from first, St. Louis now sits in fourth place. While they are in the middle of the pack, they are only three points behind. Again as mentioned before, it is still too early to panic, but there is room to have concern for this team and season going forward.
Clifford To The Maple Leafs
It has been a rough go-around for Kyle Clifford, as he was put on the COVID list weeks ago. After returning from the COVID list, Clifford was put on waivers to make room for Oskar Sundqvist. After Clifford cleared waivers, he was sent down to Springfield, the Blues AHL affiliate. Not too long after being sent to Springfield, Clifford was traded to Toronto for future considerations.
Clifford just never quite fit in for the Blues and did not see much ice time. This move is best for both parties and we will see what exactly the Blues receive in return.