In Game 1, the Blues gave up a couple of key goals off turnovers that played a big part in losing what was otherwise a very tight game. In my post-game wrap-up, I highlighted the fact St. Louis actually finished the regular season with the league’s lowest turnover rate, so I thought those key mistakes were more of an anomaly than the norm.
But then it happened again in Game 2.
Two huge turnovers in the span of about two minutes led to a pair of Logan Couture goals that tied the game 2-2. First, it was Alex Pietrangelo getting his pass blocked on the powerplay, leading to Couture’s first tally of the game on a breakaway:
Just a couple of minutes later, Vince Dunn passed it to Jaden Schwartz in traffic. The Sharks quickly forced a turnover and pushed the puck up the ice, leading to another breakaway goal by Couture.
Despite those glaring mistakes, the Blues still posted a lower turnover rate than the Sharks in Game 2. So, while they’re usually pretty safe with the puck, it seems when they do turn it over, it tends to lead to a high-danger opportunity. I looked at how many of their goals against came as a result of a turnover and the results aren’t very flattering for Craig Berube’s squad.
No team has been scored on after a turnover more than the Blues. If we broaden the scope a little bit and look at turnovers that lead to quality looks, St. Louis allows the second-most scoring chances off turnovers at 4.7 per game, ironically behind only the Sharks (5.1). Similar issues were apparent in their Round 2 matchup against the Stars…
… and their Round 1 series with the Jets:
That’s a dangerous game to play against any team, but even more so against San Jose, who ranks 3rd in goals off turnovers among teams that made it past the first round, with 0.69 a game. The Blues keep shooting themselves in the foot and the Sharks smell blood. If they can’t correct those critical mistakes, it could be what ultimately sinks them.