Thursday, December 18, 2008
St. Louis: Gateway to the Jest
The St. Louis Blues are a joke. And not even a funny one.
The Western Conference cellar-dwellers come into DC after losing 4 in a row to match up with a Capitals team on a 4 game winning streak, a Capitals team that just doesn't lose at home, and a Capitals team that has just been admonished by their GM and coach.
If I were Blues coach Andy Murray, I'd be slipping an envelope to referees Mike Leggo and Kelly Sutherland.
When your marquis player is Keith Tkachuk, who is an echo of his former self, the outlook isn't rosy.
Then, to add injury to insult, the Blues come to town in beat up condition. #1 goalie Manny Legace is down (thank you Sarah Palin), as is Erik Johnson (no, not the virtuoso guitarist), Andy MacDonald, and several others.
It's no wonder they're giving up goals like crazy. Defenseman Barret Jackman sums it up when he says "When you're giving up five, six goals a game, it's hard to win". Keen observation Jacky.
I expect a positive experience at the arena tonight.