08:22 AM ET 02.07 | After nine games, St. Louis sat at 6-3 and second in the West, which isn't to say all is well. Let's be blunt: the Blues' goaltending has turned into a liability. I'm not saying it can't or won't improve. I'm not saying that all of the goals being scored against the Blues are the goaltenders' fault. But the bottom line is this: the Blues rank 29th among 30 teams with a save percentage of .870. That's simply awful and it represents a substantial freefall from last season's NHL-best save percentage of .929. The Blues are giving up 2.78 goals per game, which ranks 18th. That's unacceptable for a simple reason: their goaltenders are facing the fewest number of shots per game (21.3) in the NHL. This must change.