Don’t look now, but the projected Stanley Cup-contender St. Louis Blues are struggling. Badly.
The Blues have hit the skids hard and limp into the playoffs with six straight losses. And while they haven’t been terrible in all of those games, they’ve been crippled by injuries to some of their more important forwards.
Derek Roy has been battling injuries and got banged up again against Detroit on Sunday.
Patrik Berglund left Friday’s game with a shoulder injury.
Winger Vladimir Tarasenko is still recovering from hand surgery.
T.J. Oshie is still hurting after getting clocked by Mike Rupp of the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, Vladimir Sobotka is nursing a lower-body injury and Brenden Morrow and David Backes are both dealing with foot problems.
At this time of year, no one would dare whisper “broken foot” around either Backes or Morrow, but taking a slapshot to the foot is never good. Even if they rush a return for the playoffs, it’s hard to play through a foot injury.
It’s all bad news for the Blues. Those seven forwards accounted for 114 of the team’s 248 goals this season. That’s 45 percent of their offense, and they’re clearly missing the contributions.