The St. Louis Blues attempt shake off a loss that captain Andy McDonald called “frustrating” as they prepare to face the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday night. St. Louis has played much better of late, winning four of their past six including a 3-0 win over Edmonton on Friday, but continue to be dogged by failures on special teams.
The power play dogged them against Sunday night, a game in which the Blues lost on a mental lapse late in the game despite outshooting the Calgary Flames 38-17.
“Their third goal was a weak goal, so what are you going to do?” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We played hard and competed. But for us to get moving ahead, our power play has to become a force again … We’re giving up too many opportunities that we work to earn. It’s something we want to address. If we continue to play good five-on-five hockey, we’ll be all right.”
The Blues have scored just one power-play goal in their last six games, going for 1-for-20 over that span. Over the course of the season, their numbers on special teams offense aren’t too shabby, ranking fifth in power-play percentage and ninth in power-play goals. However, for a team that’s hitting its stride recently in other areas, this would be a welcomed addition.
Shawn Horcoff has notched two goals in the past three games and five points in seven contests. Timely scoring from him and other forwards would be crucial for a squad currently sitting at the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.