How quickly things have changed for the St. Louis Blues in the last two weeks.
On Feb. 16, the Blues had beaten the Vancouver Canucks for a sixth straight win and a seventh win in eight games since firing Ken Hitchcock and naming Mike Yeo as the replacement head coach ahead of schedule.
In terms of results, the Blues had seen the desired impact in the immediate wake of the coaching change.
Since then? The Blues have now lost five in a row, as their skid, which has once again put them outside of a wild card spot in the Western Conference, continued Friday in a 3-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets.
“We’re trying to build more pace into our game. We’re seeing less consistency in our game lately in the four losses,” said Yeo prior to Friday’s game. “Just not enough in there to guarantee wins.”
Blake Wheeler opened the scoring in the first period and finished it with just over a minute remaining in the third period. Mixed in there was Brian Little’s empty net goal that put this one out of reach for St. Louis. Making matters worse, Alex Pietrangelo crashed hard into the boards after losing the race to the puck with Little.
The Blues remain a single point back of L.A. for the final wild card spot, but with a game in hand, too. So the old adage of controlling their own destiny does still apply, but with less than 20 games now remaining in their schedule, a prolonged losing skid can quickly squash that.
The Blues are in Colorado to face the last-place Avalanche on Sunday.