The St. Louis area is about to get absolutely pummeled with snow. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning that is calling for 10-20 inches of snow with 15-30 mph winds. You call it a blizzard, I call it hockey weather; and so do the St. Louis Blues.
As of 10 a.m. today, the game between the Blues and Colorado Avalanche remains scheduled for 7 tonight at Scottrade Center despite inclement weather.
The Blues' Doug Armstrong is in contact with the NHL's Colin Campbell and ultimately whether the game is played or postponed will be the league's call.
Of course, we will keep you posted on the status of this game if there are any changes, but as of right now, it seems to be a go. So warm up those goulashes, plan your best anti-Cubs snow art, and head on over for a good night of hockey. Well, maybe just if you live within walking distance of the arena. It really is going to be bad out there.
This is an important game for the Blues if they have any hope of making up the five points that separate them from the Sharks, the team currently occupying the eighth and final playoff spot. Not because this game will be crucial to the standings when the season is finished, but because a good effort in the first game back from the All-Star Game can help set the tone for a successful second half of the season. Especially after the tough January they just had.
According to another article by Rutherford, the blame for their recent struggles falls squarely on themselves.
In fact, the Blues have held a lead in 35 of 49 games this season, and their record in those games is a meager 21-10-4. (The team has 22 wins, but on Oct. 31 against Atlanta, the Blues never had the lead in a game they won 4-3 in a shootout) ...
As a result, the Blues are in the back of the pack as play resumes tonight. The difficult part, as they found out last season, may not be stringing together a strong record down the stretch. In 14th place, the tougher part will be leapfrogging the five teams ahead of them, who are also chasing a playoff spot.
It's going to be hard for the Blues to get back into playoff contention, and that starts with a win over the Avalanche tonight. There's just simply no time for a snow storm to mess things up.