The St. Louis Blues (2-2-1) started the season with two straight victories against the forever dominant Red Wings. But since leaving Sweden, and coming back home to the United States, the Blues have been struggling to earn a victory.
Andy Murray's club just seems to be flat on their fancy heels from the drop of the puck. I'm starting to think they might need someone to generate some offense in the first period. Just maybe Andy Murray can reward them with some consequences for horribly slow first period starts?
I don't think it's hard to realize that St.Louis has a heavy school bus full of young talent. They need to start playing like the super group that they are. As fans are naming their dogs Oshie, and his jersey's are selling in record numbers, Oshie has not produced.
T.J. Oshie has to be skating backwards throughout the entire game in order to be number one in penalty minutes! Mr.Oshie has (0 goals, one assist, one point -2) with a team leading six penalty minutes. He has only produced four shots in five games this year.
Patrik Berglund, and David Perron have been struggling early this season. The famous "Kid Line" have been lacking their brilliance of a year ago. Between Oshie, Berglund, and Perron they have (one goal, one assist, two points -9) this season.
I'm asking myself some silly questions about these youngsters like:
1) Are they possibly having to much ice time on their X-Box 360?
2) Could they possibly be chatting on facebook, or myspace for too long?
3) Do they possibly sneak out of their hotel rooms for drinks the night before a game?
These are three relative questions any fan of a young hockey player must ask themselves. I do understand that athletes try to maintain a message of positivity. So my three questions are purely sarcastic, and humorous.
So hopefully at home games the fans will drop off a team number of firewood so management can light a fire under their players rear ends for their inconsistent play. St.Louis has a total of 35 shots in the first period through five games. Compare that to their 62 shots in the second period, and 47 third period shots.
The Besancenez Bottom Line :
1) multiple heroes throughout the season
2) get that fire burning early... quick leads in the first period
3) consistency, and smart play
4) a back up generator for the "Kid Line"
5) feed T.J. Oshie more fruit cups per day