stlouis_blues_logoThe St. Louis Blues were supposed to be one of the more improved teams in the NHL this season, but they sit 15th in the Western Conference as I write this now.

The Boston Bruins will visit St. Louis Sunday night, and the team they’ll face will be a far cry from the one head coach Andy Murray had projected back in October — especially on the back end.

Today came news that star blueliner and team captain Eric Brewer will be out indefinitely after surgery to repair a herniated disc. Earlier this week, the Blues got bad news on veteran blueliner and shot-blocker extraordinaire Jay McKee, who’s out indefinitely with a broken finger. And, of course, they’ve been without former No. 1 pick ErikĀ  Johnson all season with an injury suffered stopping a golf cart.

Boston’s trip to St. Louis surely couldn’t come at a better time.

–Something tells me the Blues brass will watch Sunday night’s game with a bit of a pain its collective gut as Dennis Wideman continues to improve by leaps and bounds. And old friend Brad Boyes is basically now just a very good player on a very bad team.