Lots of sports fans like to call football the ultimate team sport, which may or may not be the case. I’ve followed hockey for a long time, and have thought that because of the ability to mold a unit without stars and still win…that HOCKEY, and not football, deserved the title of ultimate team sport.
We’re certainly seeing ultimate team play with the Blues. Barrett Jackman, Roman Polak, and Carlo Colaiacovo are all hurt, and yet the Blues continue to play stingy defense with guys named Oystrick, Cole, and Nikitin on the blueline.
David Perron goes down? No problem. Former Bruin Vladimir Sobotka scores the lone regulation goal in a win at Boston. Alex Steen needs to step up? He scores two against the Rangers at MSG, while backup goalie Ty Conklin, in a rare appearance, turns in a great performance in a 2-0 win over New York.
The Blues have the best percentage of available points collected in the NHL, and are tied with the Kings, Caps and Flyers for the most points in the league at 20. They have the best goals against average in the league, allow the fewest shots per game in the league, and have the second most shots on goal in the NHL.
The only Blues shortcoming so far has been their inability to finish. They’re only 20th in the NHL in goals per game.
That’s the only shortcoming. It’s been an incredible start. The Blues have now won seven in a row…and have given us the belief that the next six-plus months can be an amazing ride.