Blues Dominated, Miss Chance to Clinch Central, Lose 4-3 (SO)

The Blues just can’t get it done in Chicago. Something about that building, those colours, that team, and that m**#^&$*@*ing goal song that signify doom for the Note. Whatever it is, it’s an annoying trend. Make no mistake aboot it: the Blackhawks dominated the Blues tonight at the United Center in Chicago, outshooting them 40-20 and winning 4-3 in the shoot out. Yes, the Blues come away with a point, but only on the strength of a 3rd period comeback that, in the grand scheme of the game, was undeserved.

Chicago started the scoring midway through the first on a long wrist shot by Brian Bickell that Jaroslav Halak should have stopped. Alex Steen responded 9 seconds later to tie the game. The 2nd period was sloppy on both sides, but the Blues especially were unfocused and unable to establish a forecheck. So it was unsurprising when the Hawks scored a couple quickies early in the 3rd to build a 3-1 lead.

If there’s one positive from tonight, it’s that the Blues never gave up. Jason Arnott scored on a wraparound midway through the 3rd and then in the last 2 minutes, David Perron tipped home a Kris Russel slapshot to force overtime. Again, the Blackhawks dominated OT but were robbed by several dramatic saves by Jaroslav Halak, the somewhat controversial starter after Brian Elliott’s 3 consecutive shutouts. Halak didn’t disappoint, turning away 7 Chicago shots in overtime, many of them high quality scoring chances.

The shootout…well, who cares? It was scoreless through 3 rounds, some loser for the Blackhawks scored in the 4th round, and Patrick Berglund rang his attempt off the post, and the Blues were denied the chance to clinch the Central Division. They’ll get to try again, this time at home, on Saturday night against the last place Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blues had better start rounding into playoff form, because tonight was bad, and they’ve been inconsistent here down the stretch. Roman Polak’s absence is really hurting this team. When he comes back, a lot of the problems should begin to fix themselves.

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Perron out for start of 2011-2012 season

"Where we're at now...we've decided to just move forward with the idea that David won't be ready for training camp...he'll just continue to progress and when he is ready...he'll jump back in and start his training to resume his career. But we're not expecting him at training camp."-Blues GM Doug Armstrong

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A look at the Blues options at forward

TJ Oshie, seen here after leveling Bruins forward David Krejci, broke his ankle in the Blues' 8-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets and will require surgery.

While the Blues have no shortage of depth on defense, their depth at forward does not run quite as deep.

Already hurting for offensive production, the loss of TJ Oshie, who broke his ankle in tonight’s game against Columbus and will require surgery, really changes the team’s make-up. With Oshie out for an extended period of time, here are some of the possible replacements Doug Armstrong could call up from Peoria. The first half of this list consists of players who are realistic candidates and could potentially help the team. The second group of players are guys that I don’t believe will even be considered.

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Phil McRae and Ian Cole to make NHL debuts

Goaltender Jake Allen (L) and Forward Phil McRae

Forward Phil McRae, who played a season at Christian Brothers College High School (CBC) in Saint Louis, is set to make his NHL debut tonight in Minnesota against the Wild.

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Blues Season Preview: A couple of Brian’s weigh-in

Producer Brian Weber and I weigh in with our predictions for the upcoming Blues season. B-Web produces The Press Box which features Fox 2 sports director Martin Kilcoyne and Newschannel 5 sports anchor Frank Cusumano. You can hear the show weekdays from 10 am-1 pm on 590 The Fan KFNS and streaming online at KFNS.com. Brian also hosts “Off the Record” at 10 AM on Saturday mornings.

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