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Friday, December 16, 2011

Blues Power Play Still Worst In The NHL

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The St. Louis Blues enter Saturday night's road contest against division rival Nashville on a four game winning streak.  Since Ken Hitchcock took over in St. Louis behind the bench, the Blues have been among the best team's in the NHL.  Currently in fifth place in the Western Conference standings with 39 points, the Blues are 13-3-3 since November first and are red hot.

Despite all of this rousing success, the Blues have managed to continue to struggle on the power play.

On the season, the Blues convert just 10.8 percent of the time when they have the man advantage, which is worst in the league.  The Blues have scored just 11 power play goals in 30 games played on the season.  That number has to improve if the Blues have plans on being serious playoff contenders.

The Blues have had some success of late, scoring three power play in goals in 15 chances in their last four games.  One thing that may continue to help the improved power play of late would be the addition of forward David Perron to the mix. 

Perron, who scored his second goal in five games in Thursday night's 4-1 versus the New York Rangers, gives the Blues a talented playmaker to use when they have the man advantage.

So far since returning after a year long stint off the ice due to concussion issues, Perron has tallied just a single assist when the Blues have the power play.  These numbers that are sure to improve as Perron continues to get more comfortable.

Even with Perron back, the Blues power play still must get better.

Why not start against a pesky division rival like the Nashville Predators?

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