It all came together for the trio on Thursday in front of a small (11,816) but enthusiastic crowd at the SAP Center. By comparison, the Staples Center looked like a mausoleum on Wednesday.
“Every time you come to a new team and new systems, different players, it obviously takes a little bit of time,” Saad said. improve with every game. “
Suffice it to say, Saad has shown no lingering effect from a positive COVID test that sidelined him for four games. He had five shots on goal, a team-high, in the Blues’ 3-2 shootout loss on Wednesday in Los Angeles, earning him a promotion to the top line.
On Thursday he only needed two shots to score his two goals, which has given him three goals this season.
“It’s always nice when they come in,” Saad said. “It’s difficult (coming back from COVID). I just think you gotta keep it simple there, especially back to back. Get back to your legs.
Get your legs back and rekindle your scoring touch on a night when the Blues improved to 7-1-1 to stay ahead of the Central Division.
But the Blues certainly didn’t make it easy for Hofer in his first NHL hockey period.
Certainly, things looked bright when San Jose’s Lane Pedersen was sent off for interference just 4 minutes 50 seconds into the game.