Five games into the season, the St. Louis Blues aren’t exactly where they wanted to be with 2 wins and 3 losses, but there are definitely some positives to pull from the not so stellar start.
The injury bug has already hit and Andy McDonald and Carlo Colaiacovo are out of the line up. The Blues offseason moves have already had an impact, with Jason Arnott being tied as the leading scorer on the club and Jamie Langenbrunner already seeing first line duty with David Backes and TJ Oshie.
The presence of these two veterans seems to have had a calming effect on the young Blues. Last year the clubs puck possession had a very panicky and rushed look. After a couple quick dekes, players seemed to turnover pucks before getting any shots off. So far in this young season the pace of the Blues game looks a lot more controlled; better passes, more time in the attacking zone, and more shots on goal.
These new look Blues haven’t turned this recipe into a winning record yet, but after some kinks are worked out with the absolutely dismal special teams(a 5% power play and 66.7% penalty kill), look for St. Louis to start churning out some W’s.