The St. Louis Blues were the hottest team in professional sports from the end of January through most of February, reeling off a franchise-record 11-game win streak. The calendar has flipped into March, though, and the Blues are marching in the wrong direction.
To kick off the new month, the Blues traveled to Carolina to play the now-hottest team in professional sports, but lost 5-2 (thanks, Jake Allen). The next night, the Blues hosted the Stars, losing again to a division foe by a score of 4-1. Dallas also was the team to snap the winning streak, topping the Blues 5-2 back on Feb. 21, so that’s now four vital points lost to the Stars lately.
If you’ve watched the Blues the past several games, you’ve probably noticed a significant dip in the offensive energy.
Brayden Schenn hasn’t played since Feb. 19 against Toronto, which, not coincidentally, happened to be the final win in the win streak. During the streak, he only failed to record a point twice, otherwise tallying 11 assists and two goals. He was +12. What’s even more impressive is the fact that Schenn was doing almost all of his damage on 5-on-5 play.
David Perron has been out even longer, last playing on Jan. 17 in a 5-2 loss to Boston. Perron, when he returns, will look to continue his 13-game point streak. He’s scored six goals and added 10 assists. In 21 games through November and December, Perron tallied 20 points.
The good news for the Blues is both are close to returning. Schenn should be good to go for the upcoming three-game road trip. Perron isn’t a guarantee, but a return sounds sooner rather than later.
Berube: "Perron's still the same. Schenn's making good progress."
As for making the trip: "I think Perron's still up in the air about that, but the other guy's not."
That "other guy" being Schenn. #stlblues
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) March 4, 2019
Schenn was playing his best hockey of the season, and the Blues were racking up the Ws. Even though Perron missed the entire 11-game win streak, his presence would be a big boost for the team right now. If both get back on the ice soon, the Blues should be in good shape to finish out the regular season. The defense is doing its part, but St. Louis needs these two to pick up where they left off. As amazing as rookie savior Jordan Binnington has been, the Blues have to take some pressure off by giving him some goal support.