The Blues have defeated the Red Wings twice on Ken Hitchcock’s watch. These high-level victories validate this Note as an emerging power.
Believe it, people: The Blues have arrived.
“When you play Detroit, you decide you're either all-in, because if you're just a little bit in, they push you right out,” Hitchcock told reporters after the game. “The thing that has impressed me is that for two games now, we've had an all-in mentality and we've been competitive against them and that's a really good sign.”
Indeed it is. The Blues are using their impressive blend of size and skill to dictate play. As they get healthier, they should only get better.
Consider the impact David Perron had made on this team since returning from his long battle with post-concussion syndrome. His quick feet, quick hands, quite reads and trademark persistence makes his team more dangerous in the offensive zone.
He and cohort T.J. Oshie play nicely off the Blues assortment of big centers and sturdy wingers. Oshie was a maniac Tuesday night, banging bodies, shaking loose pucks and creating opportunities for his teammates.
Oshie is finally living up to his fan favorite status. Blues management challenged T.J. to prove himself this season and he is doing just that.
Along with do-it-all forward Alex Steen, Perron and Oshie boost this team’s overall skill level right into the Red Wing range. When was the last time this team could say that?
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