St. Louis Blues Need More Offense From Chris Stewart

By Jonathan Katje

The St. Louis Blues have watched the Los Angeles Kings steal the momentum in their first round playoff series by winning games three and four, and with the series shifting back to St. Louis they know there is work to be done. While David Backes finally found the back of the net in game four and T.J. Oshie added a pair of goals, one player has been noticeably absent from the box score in this series. Chris Stewart led the way for the Blues during the regular season, scoring 18 goals and adding 18 assists. He’s been a ghost in the playoffs so far, and the Blues need him to get back on track if they hope to even up the series.

Going back into the regular season, it has now been seven games since Stewart netted a goal for the Blues. He was strong in January, February and March but in April he managed just three goals and seven points in 15 games. He’s seeing second line time alongside Vladimir Sobotka, who has a pair of goals in the series but Stewart has managed only one assist. Up until game four (a 4-3 Kings win) goals had been at a premium in the series. The goaltenders at both ends of the ice are incredibly talented and playing great hockey at the moment, so with each game decided by one goal so far the Blues could use the extra offense Stewart normally brings to the table.

The Blues and Kings drop the puck tonight at 9 p.m.

Jonathan Katje is an NHL senior writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or add him to your circles on Google Plus.

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