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ST. LOUIS | David Perron did not expect certainly not to such a hecatomb, when he was back in the bosom of the Blues for the third time in his career. Finalist of the Stanley Cup with the Golden Knights Vegas last spring, it is passed to the before-last row of the Association of the West.

At first glance, we could put this difficult season on the back of injuries. After all, the Blues have lost big chunks along the way. Carl Gunnarsson (30 games), Robby Fabbri (22), Robert Bortuzzo (18), Jaden Schwartz (13) and Alex Pietrangelo (11) have all missed at least 10 games.

And Alex Steen, who had already been absent for eight meetings since the start of the campaign, has been placed on the injured list because of a left shoulder injury.

“This is not an excuse ! All teams have injuries. I understand that it’s different when it’s your goalie who is injured. But when it comes to a player, it means that everyone in the world has more ice. This is an opportunity that young people should enter. It is boring to say, but this is not always the thing that happened this year, ” has launched front Porch, in a generous interview with the Journal de Montréal.

Unable to rise

At the time to sit down with the author of these lines, Perron was the only marker of his team in a reverse of 3 to 1 at the hands of the Dallas Stars. He was big on the heart.

“They [young people] are capable of doing, it’s just that they don’t. This evening [Tuesday], this is a good example, he pointed out. What frustrates me is that after two periods, it was never made up again this season. “

Perron is not that far from the truth. Twenty times since the beginning of the campaign, the Blues started the third set deficit. Once they have won (1-17-2).

“One is flat in the third period. He must find a way to light a spark. Often, it is a young man who will bring energy by distributing a failure. They need to stop playing on the end of the palette. When you make mistakes, but that you’re intense, that makes a big difference to my eyes “, has hammered the athlete of 30 years, avoiding to appoint one of his teammates.

The example of Robby Fabbri

Since the young do not deliver the goods, no returns-not to the veterans, to the oldest, to lead them in the right wake ? Is there a leadership problem at the Blues, including the kernel (Steen, Pietrangelo, Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko, Jay Bouwmeester, Jake Allen) is substantially the same since 2012-2013 ?

“The leadership, it is a matter for the media. Even if you are a young person, you can be a leader by the way you are behaving on the ice. Yes, the oldest, has experienced various situations, one has more experience, but in the end it doesn’t change anything, ” said Perron.

“I look at a young person such as [Robby] Fabbri. It is a little more difficult for him due to the injuries he has suffered over the past two seasons. Moreover, it returns from a shoulder injury. However, three years ago [when the Blues have reached the final of the Association of the West], it has been the best player of the Blues in the playoffs. Yet, it was a rookie. This is what I want to say “, he continued.

Despite this bitterness, Perron ensures you always have confidence to see the Blues qualify for the playoffs.

However, it must be that the tide is turning quickly. Even if they have three or four games in hand on most of the teams that are ahead, they have already 12 points behind the third position in the Central section.

Their only hope remains the two rows of the teams rescue. With seven points behind the Wild, it starts to get tougher.