Blues open four-game trip against young Sharks | Radio WGN 720


The St. Louis Blues will look to reload their offense when they begin a four-game road trip Thursday against the San Jose Sharks.

The Blues (46-20-111, 103 points) are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday at home. It ended their nine-game winning streak and ended their streak of 12 consecutive games of four or more goals.

“We played a lot of hockey, it shows,” Blues captain Ryan O’Reilly said. “They (the Bruins) had a little more energy in there, won a few more battles than us. That’s what happens over a long season, but we still haven’t managed the puck.

“So you’re not using that as an excuse, but it happens. You have to find a way when things don’t go your way to simplify and build the game from that.

The Sharks (30-34-12, 72 points) are coming off a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blues Jackets. That ended San Jose’s 10-game (0-6-4) winless streak.

“We feel a bit of relief, obviously,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said. “It was not easy, they pushed us hard. But to get two points, especially after a long road trip, come home and it’s a quick turnaround.

The Blues will lead a 13-game point streak (11-0-2) in this game. They have won their two previous games against the Sharks this season, 5-3 in San Jose on Nov. 4 and 4-1 at home on Nov. 18.

St. Louis is tied with the Minnesota Wild for second place in the Central Division and home advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Minnesota has played one game less, so they have a head start in the race.

After the Bruins topped the Blues in the second period of Tuesday’s game, the Blues finished with a solid third period that gave them something to build on.

“We kind of ended it at the end of the second,” Blues defender Justin Faulk said. “It’s going to happen, you won’t have a perfect period in every game right now in every period. The other team is usually fighting for something, right?

“So if you can find ways to stop him early and not let him bleed, that’s important. And keep finding your game and building your game as we enter the playoffs.

The Sharks are using their remaining games to get a head start next season. Boughner was encouraged by forwards Scott Reedy, Noah Gregor, Rudolfs Balcers and Thomas Bordeleau.

“‘Rudy and Gregor, I said after the last game, that’s the best I’ve seen them play together on a line, and I think a lot of that credit has to (go) to Bordeleau,” Boughner said. “Slowing the game down a bit, giving him pucks at full speed and being able to distribute them in the middle of the ice. I really liked that line and I think Bordeleau had another good game. »

Of Reedy, Boughner said, “He’s a hard working guy, trying to get better every day. And the attacking advantage he has, I think for a team that’s struggling to score, you want to keep developing those guys to have touch around the net.

–Field level media


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