Blues' Allen: We've hit rock bottom
The 2018-19 season has not kicked off the way the St. Louis Blues envisioned it.
After making a splash this offseason, bringing in the likes of Ryan O'Reilly, Tyler Bozak, and David Perron, the club seemed destined for greatness. However, 12 games through the regular season, the club finds itself two points out of last place in the Western Conference.
"Unfortunately, we're at the bottom here," Jake Allen said Monday, according to Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Rock bottom probably basically for us in the last ... ever since I’ve been here. We’ve got to dig deep to find our way out."
The Blues have lost three of their last five games including Saturday night where they were shelled 5-1 by the Minnesota Wild.
"We've just got to be more consistent in our game," Allen said. "We got down a couple goals there last game and we sort of just took our foot off the gas. I thought we had two great games before that, building something here, building some positivity, some fun, a great environment. And we let the wheels fall off there last game.
"Last game shouldn't be something we’re proud of. Obviously it's a disappointing effort for us, especially at home. We’ve got to find it here. There's really no more answers, and no more questions, and no more talking."
The club's biggest crutch has been their inability to keep the puck out of their net. The Blues are averaging 3.92 goals-against, second-last in the league, despite the fact they sit in the middle of the pack in shots against per game. Surprisingly, their offense has been the fourth-most productive unit in the league, scoring an average of 3.5 goals per game.
As for what the Blues do to get themselves back in the hunt, Allen insists it will be a grind.
"It’s going to be a process," Allen said. "It really is. We put ourselves in a spot where we're really going to have to grind and find a way to get points. … It's going be a really complicated math problem and we've just got to find a way to study and get into it and get out of it."