Keith Tkachuk singing the playoff Blues (again) in series with Vancouver Canucks

I fully understand that Keith Tkachuk no longer plays the same role he once did for the St. Louis Blues nor is he expected to be the saviour in St. Louis. But at one point in his career he was most definitely among the premier power forwards in hockey—and was certainly paid as such. He was twice a 50-goal scoring during NHL regular seasons and has scored more than 500 goals over his career. Which is why his playoff numbers both individually and as a big part of the teams he has played on is utterly staggering.

With Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Canucks, Keith Tkachuk has now been on the losing side in the last nine NHL playoff games he's been a part of (three this year with St. Louis, four with Atlanta in 2007 and two with St. Louis in 2004). More incredibly, Tkachuk's teams have now lost 14 of the last 15 playoff games he's been in dating back to 2003. Individually, Tkachuk has one goal in the last 18 playoff games he's played in and that was with Atlanta in 2007. He hasn't scored a playoff goal for the St. Louis Blues in 14 games going back to the opener of the 2003 playoffs (against the Canucks at GM Place).

Overall, Tkachuk's teams are just 3-12 in the 15 playoff series he's been a part of. And now in a 3-0 hole against the Canucks, it's likely his stats are about to take another hit. For a player who at times has been dominant in the NHL, it's amazing that he couldn't single-handedly bring about a little more success for himself and his teams at some point in his career. Tkachuk better hope that his playoff performance isn't taken into account when his name is mentioned in Hall of Fame discussions.