Former NHL GM and head coach Doug MacLean, currently a hockey analyst for Rogers Sportsnet in Canada, joined The Ryan Kelley Morning After on Monday to discuss some Blues topics as the team looks to build upon its two-game win streak against the Colorado Avalanche Tuesday night.
Read some excerpts and listen to the full interview below:
What do you think has been working well for the Blues as of late since trading Kevin Shattenkirk?
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“The fact that the people below them are no damn good is one thing. What’s gone wrong in LA? The Blues are good. They’re 7-3 their last 10 games. They’re playing better. The Blues look like they’re going to get in for sure now. You wouldn’t want to play the Blues in the first round. It’s been a funny year for the Blues. They thought they were good enough in the back end without (Shattenkirk). You don’t lose an offensive defenseman, but I think they feel they’re just as good without him.”
Do you think the Blues have enough offensive firepower to compete with the elite teams?
“That’s going to be the question. You’re going to go into every series with the Jake Allen question until he has success at playoff time. That’s just (the way it is). That’s going to be the No. 1 question.The other question is, after Tarasenko, who’s going to score? Other than the 30-goal guy, the rest have sort of chipped in. And you hope the balanced attack at playoff time will be good enough.”
More on the Blues’ chances in the playoffs:
“The Blues could go into the first round and knock out a much higher seed. No doubt they’re capable of doing that. You wouldn’t want to play them (in the first round).”