Kevin Shattenkirk D STL Nov 20 '78
Before their Feb. 1 game against Detroit, the Blues were leading the NHL in fewest shots against with 20.3 per game.
But in two of their three recent losses, they allowed the Red Wings 31 and 29 shot attempts. The 16 goals the team has permitted in its last three games is two more than it has surrendered in its first seven games. Explaining the increased numbers, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said, "It's just panic. We're just not really trusting each other in the defensive zone and trying to do other people's jobs. That trust that we had last year and the beginning of this season in the defensive zone is what makes us so sound defensively. The lack of trust and responsibility in our defensive zone has been ultimately what's leading to these prime scoring chances that we're giving up to other teams. Once that happens, you see that confusion in the defensive zone and it just starts to pour on and open up, and it's just a matter of time before they're going to put one in."