St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen

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Allen Not Worried About Shots-Against Total: 'It Was Just Our Attitudes'

St. Louis will need to win two of the next three games to stay stay above .500 on this seven-game home stand. 

November 05, 2018 - 2:22 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The St. Louis Blues have been outshot 79-42 in its last two contests, including the 5-3 win against the Vegas Golden Knights and Saturday’s 5-1 lopsided loss to the Minnesota Wild. After practice on Monday, we asked the man who has faced most of those shots his perspective on what’s going on with the Blues. 

“It wasn’t even the shot total that was the big deal, it was just our attitudes and they way we carried ourselves throughout the game,” goalie Jake Allen says. “It just wasn’t good enough from this group. I really have high expectations for myself and this group and we didn’t meet those or come even close in that last game.

“There’s no easy way to fix any of this … It’s going to be a process, it really is. We’ve put ourselves in a spot where we’re really going to have to grind to get points, whether it’s a point or two points and try to fix this. It’s going to be a really complicated math problem and we have to get in to it, to get out of it. Honestly, I know it’s the same answer you guys have been hearing, but we need to look ourselves in the mirror and get it done.”

The Blues have three games left on this seven-game home stand, starting with Tuesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. They’ll need to win two out of the three to finish with a 4-3 record, although a barely above .500 record still sounds disappointing for this early-season opportunity to gain some ground in the Central Division.

Saturday's loss was another case of St. Louis smothering its own fire, following back-to-back wins against Chicago and Vegas. Just as the Blues blew a third period lead against Winnipeg after beating the Toronto Maple Leafs on the road.

Blues head coach Mike Yeo was asked how much of the Blues troubles is mental, rather than physical.

“It’s all (psychological) ,” Yeo says. “That’s the product that you just end up showing and obviously we weren’t ready. We’ve put ourselves in the position where we are in the process of building our game, building our confidence. And I knew it wasn’t going to be just, lets flip the switch and now here we go. We knew that we were going to take a couple steps forward and now maybe take a step back. We’ve got to make sure this isn’t a big step back.”

The Blues have the second worst goals-against average in the NHL (3.92) and their captain Alex Pietrbngelo’s minus-9 is tied for the fourth-worst plus-minus in the league.

He was asked if he agreed with forward Alex Steen (a minus-7 this season) who told reporters there’s a spacing problem on the ice.

“Yeah, we’ve got to stay connected,” Pietrangelo says. “It’s working for each other, it’s trying to create a little more space for each other in terms of setting picks and movement and talk, and our transition game we’ve got to be more connected.”

Other news coming from Monday’s practice was the absence of forward Brayden Schenn, who Yeo says will be questionable for Tuesday’s game with a sore upper body injury. 

Taking his spot on the No. 2 line is rookie Robert Thomas, who has three assists but no goals in his eight games this season. He’s got just one game left on his rookie trial period, before the Blues have a decision to make. 

If he plays on Tuesday night, then St. Louis will have to decide to send him back to the Ontario Hockey League or to active his rookie contract which would likely means he stays in St. Louis for the remainder of the season. He’s too young to be send to the AHL.