This Week in St. Louis Sports: Enter Arenado

Updated: Feb 1, 2021

New Cardinals third baseman Nolan Arenado
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This week in St. Louis Sports. From the Billikens to the Blues, this short and weekly series will have it all. This week has been busy for St. Louis Sports. There have been trade rumors, free agency rumors, wins, losses, everything a good sports week has. Here's a rundown for each team.


SLU had a home game vs. Dayton on Tuesday after not playing since December 23rd. Despite being ranked 22nd in the country, they dropped the game 76-71. Guard Jordan Goodwin had another Double-Double, and Javonte Perkins led the Billikens in points with 20. Free-throws continue to be an issue for the team. They shot 58% (10/17) from the line against Dayton. If SLU is dropped from the top 25 after going as high as 22 when they weren't playing, did they even deserve to be there in the first place? SLU’s game against Richmond on Friday was postponed.

Travis Ford has done a great job rebuilding SLU. However, the free-throw percentage has gone down each year. If you continue that trend, the team will get nowhere. They have all the talent in the world, but regardless they desperately need to make free-throws.

They also need to work on clutch shooting. It has been evident that players like Jordan Goodwin can't hit shots in any situation. However, he can hit those critical shots at the ends of close games from time to time.

One final issue is they need to get more consistent. They're an outstanding team, and they have a 22 in front of their name for a reason. They keep playing down to their opponents. If they play their game at a more consistent level, they have the potential to make a deep run in the March bubble.

NHL: Blues

The Blues continued their season on Monday when they beat the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 in Shootouts. Goals were scored by Perron (2), Schwartz, and Kyrou. Perron and Schenn scored shootout goals. Goalie Jordan Binnington had 42 saves and a .913 SV%. With the win, Binnington moved up to 12th in Blues history in wins. He sits at 58 wins in his career. Thursday's game between the Blues and Golden Knights was postponed due to a player and coach testing positive for COVID.

The Blues remain the most penalized teams with 157 penalty minutes. A key reason for this is laziness. The majority of penalties by the Blues have been hooking calls. It seems that they aren't skating hard enough on the backcheck, which results in these lazy penalties—the Blues rank 27th in the NHL for PK% as well as PP%. Not a good look so far. However, during the last few games, both units improved. The Blues will play the 3-2-2 Anaheim Ducks on Saturday at 8:00 PM CST.

The Blues have to step up. They are way too good to be playing like this. To get into specifics, Mike Hoffman hasn't played anywhere near his potential. While he has a goal and an assist, you rarely hear his name called. It seems like he has been invisible. The team is also evidently missing Jay Bouwmeester and Alexander Steen. They have to find the next player who is as gritty as those two players.