The Blues were 20-8-2 with winger Jaden Schwartz in the lineup. They rolled along as one of the NHL’s elite teams. Without their team MVP they are 3-5 heading into a challenging game Wednesday against the Nashville Predators. Schwartz won’t return from injured reserve any time soon, so everybody else must elevate their play. There are no magic wand solutions to this team’s dilemma. General manager Doug Armstrong won’t have scores of trade options after the holiday roster freeze. Many teams are seeking scoring help and few (if any) teams are offering up that commodity. The Blues can’t look outside for help, they must look inward. You get tired of hearing it, but that’s their reality. This team won earlier this season because its top players all started well. Their excellence masked the glaring lack of secondary scoring. But then the stars dimmed as the season ground on, Schwartz took a shot off his skate in Detroit ... and, well, you know the rest of the story.
Success without Schwartz will take team effort from Blues
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Dec 26