1. I’m not sure if the Blues have an official moving-company sponsor, but hopefully GM Doug Armstrong will be ordering a large van soon, because it’s looking more and more as if this underachieving, bizarrely ambivalent team requires an adjustment. Or call it a shakeup if you’d like. But knowing how aggressive Armstrong is, I find it hard to believe he’ll put up with this much longer without altering the composition of his roster.
After a 6-1 start the Blues have gone 4-6-2. But you have to go inside the record to see what an enigma they’ve become. The Blues go on the road, and they flip the energy switch. They’re hungry. They recommit to Ken Hitchcock’s system. And then they return to Scottrade Center and turn into the St. Louis Snooze.
Heading into tonight’s engagement with visiting Edmonton the Blues — shockingly — are 1-5-1 in its last seven home games. They’ve been outscored by a stunning margin of 26-11. This is a team with a core nucleus, and essentially the same cast, that lost only SIX games at home during the entire 2011-2012 seson.
The Blues were the league’s most dominant home team last season with a 30-6-5 mark at The Scotty. They allowed 65 goals in 41 home games and were a plus 40 at even strength. This season the Blues are a minus 11 at home, even strength.
This would be a good time to send a message by making a trade. And don’t think that Armstrong will be bashful about doing so. He was the force behind the mega deal that sent defenseman Erik Johnson to Colorado. Blues players have a great situation here. And if they don’t appreciate that, then maybe Armstrong should remind them.
Time to shake up the Blues
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Mar 2