The St. Louis Blues were dealt a tough schedule over the weekend, playing back-to-back games against the Colorado Avalanche and Chicago Blackhawks.
It's the end of the regular season; players are tired, others are injured and the daily grind can — and will — wear a player down.
But goaltender Brian Elliott didn't use any of that as an excuse following the Blues' 4-2 loss on Sunday.
"It's a wake-up call right now, and we have to figure it out," he said.
The Blues opened the scoring early as Jaden Schwartz found the back of the net less than two minutes into the game. But after that, their offense tapered off similarly to the way it did when they suffered a 4-0 loss the the Avalanche a day prior.
Elliott said things just aren't clicking.
"It's everything, it's putting everyone's game together as a whole and as a team," he said. "I think when we play as a team, we're if not the best, one of the best teams in the league. But when we don't put it all together, it falls apart on us. We need to come together and really be a group."
Head coach Ken Hitchcock believes it's the small details that are keeping his team from playing to their full potential.
"I think we had fits at both games. We were really good for the first period yesterday (against Colorado), we had fits in this game, but I think the details of our game are probably lacking," he said. "We look like we're a little bit tired, so the details that fit us so well and the energy to put those details in place are probably lacking a little bit right now."
While Hitchcock showed some concern over the back-to-back losses, he didn't seemed too worried about the Blues' game as of late. He said his team needed to get their "offensive energy" and "volume" — as well as their injured players — back, but was confident those won't be an issue come playoff time.
"We still have four more games to play," he said. "So we've got a lot of hockey to play and we have to find a way to re-energize ourselves and get back to work."