The St. Louis Blues are getting buried today, after losing four straight to the Chicago Blackhawks. The fact that the Blues won two games to start the series saves some face, but this is a bitter pill.
I'm not smart enough to know what St. Louis could have done against the 'Hawks to change the result.
This is as close as you can get in terms of possession. It was a coin flip, and they each scored 10 goals in this game state (I'm using 5x5, score close for our purposes).
A few points:
1. Doug MacLean is saying the Blues need to consider moving on from Hitchcock, I don't think that's the answer.
2. The goaltending saw Chicago (Corey Crawford .928SP) outduel St. Louis (Ryan Miller .898SP), and maybe that's part of it.
3. Blues Forwards
Tarasenko had a nice series, and I think Schwartz is an emerging talent. Sobotka is a murderer, I love him as a hockey player. The Backes injury impacted the series, and I think we've seen the last of men like Roy and Ott in St. Louis.
St. Louis may also have lost this series because the 'Hawks have a superior blue line. St. Louis has some nice things, but I do believe Shattenkirk, Jackman and Bouwmeester carry reputations that run out of time with their actual value.
If I'm St. Louis, I keep Hitchcock, spend the season finding out if Jake Allen can play goal, and take a very strong run at Paul Stastny in free agency.