... For those who kept asking the Kings to shoot the puck -- they did.
They directed 63 shots toward the Blues' net (to only 39 for the Blues), but the Kings shot 13 of them wide and 19 of them were blocked.
The Kings did a good job of getting their defensemen into the play and they didn't give the puck away any more than the Blues did; the Blues just played a great defensive game and were well positioned to claim almost every loose puck. Have to give credit where it's due.
That game... I mean if your power play isn't working... Change it up. I feel like tonight the players where effective in setting up the power play but it the PP strategy wasn't working. St. Louis had a great defense for it. The Kings coaching staff is so quick to shuffle lines up when things aren't working with the players... but how about shuffling up your coaching strategy when it's not working???
Eh... I'm gonna make myself a steak dinner. I earned it for watching that game.
They looked like they wanted to be anywhere but St. Louis today.
Definitely a trap game. A home and home against a team that is right with you in the standings, and then after going to Colorado, the next night they have to go to St. Louis, and play a team well behind them in the standings. It didn't look like any player wanted any part of this game. Especially on the PP. Someone has to be open, but it looked like the Blues had 7 guys killing those penalties.
Crappy loss but it was a b2b and not entirely unexpected.
With Cgy's loss - though - our magic number* to make the playoffs is now at 10. Any combination of points we get/points Calgary fails to get that tallies up to 10 or more will ensure us a playoff berth. Given the games remaining, I'm feeling very confident about the playoffs.
* the asterisk referes to the unlikely possibility that another non-playoff team wins virtually every game and we lose nearly every game