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Friday Links: Drinking Your Flu Away

TGINABGDY! (Thank god it's not another Blues game day yet! Morning everyone! DK had to tag out today (remember, we adjusted the switch-off schedule last week), so you're stuck with me. BTW, you may have seen me on Twitter teasing a post I'm working on that I said would be up this week. That will actually be up on Tuesday, for thematic reasons. Also, because I'm not done with it yet. Spoiler alert: it's not pretty. BLUES NEWS: The Blues played a hockey game last night. It was against the Canucks. It was not a happy time. Here's what happened, from CrossCheckRaise's recap: [SLGT] Harrison...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 24, 2014

Blues Lose To Vancouver Canucks 4-1

Recapping the crap games since .... 3 hours ago Well... I suppose we should recap this in the same spirit that the Blues played in: "Let's just get this over with". FIRST PERIOD: Beer: 4 Hands Contact High The Blues came into the game with a "flu" epidemic and a great deal of uncertainty about who would actually be able to play the game. As it turns out, the full roster (sans injured players Paul Stastny and Carl Gunnarsson ) were dressed for the game. Who actually "played", though, remains a mystery even now as you read this. #stlblues lines are as they...
Nucks Misconduct Oct 23, 2014

Canucks' second line combines for six points in 4-1 win over Blues

Seven different Canucks registered points for the Canucks, but it was the second line that proved to be the difference to get Vancouver back in the win column. After a nightmarish game in Dallas, Vancouver’s second line of Nick Bonino, Alex Burrows and Chris Higgins led the way on Thursday, combining for six points in a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues. Ryan Miller delivered a brilliant performance in his return to St. Louis, stopping 31 shots and allowing just one goal, which came with the Blues on the power play. His play in the third period opened the door for the Canucks to deliver...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 23, 2014

Buy Tonight's Game Time Paper: Canucks At Blues

You can buy tonight's Game Time paper online. Maybe the Blues are getting injuries out of their system now. You know they're going to happen. It's hockey. Long season + contact sport x all that grueling travel on charter jets and staying in four-star hotels = guys are going to get hurt. So it's not shocking that Paul Stastny is spending some time on the shelf. But it fucking sucks that it's this early in the season. The Blues are now players in the summer. Guys want to come here. And stay here now. They're contenders. So it's cool when Ken Hitchcock gets new toys and he tinkers with the...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 23, 2014

Canucks At Blues Game Preview: Flu Bug Bites The Blues

Tonight may not be the bounceback performance that fans want to see after the Blues were shut out 3-0 by the Anaheim Ducks. With the Blues line-up in limbo as of the publication of this preview, it makes it kind of hard to draw conclusions on the Blues' end as to what their level of play is going to be. If the flu's going about, it could be a very October-appropriate level of zombieism, which will do nothing to help the Blues get back into the scoring swing of things. Shut out 3-0 on Sunday by the Anaheim Ducks, the Blues get to face the Canucks and Eddie Lack. No, the Canucks have not...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 23, 2014

Beyond Checkerdome #57: Highs And Lows

Episode 57 Ready To Go, And Relatively Healthy Hello there, once again! This week, we cover the first Blues road trip of the season, talk a little more in retrospect about the David Perron / Magnus Paajarvi trade, and of course some time is spent on the Slava Voynov story. Between wins, losses, injuries, shootouts, and off-ice incidents, it's been a real roller-coaster of  hockey emotions. And of course, there's always more to come. We wrap up with another great listener email. Give it a listen, eh? For a download link, click HERE As is tradition, we really enjoy...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 23, 2014

Memorabilia Memoirs: Hockey Road Trip

You might recognize the "Memorabilia Memoirs" (formerly "Lighting the Lamp") feature from the Game Time paper. Rick Ackerman has been nice enough to send over his column for the website. "Memorabilia Memoirs" will be featured every home game day. So, what could be better than a road trip to a division rival such as Nashville or Chicago or even Minnesota after a home game in order to attend the second half of a home and home series? How about a long weekend following the Blues to New Jersey, Manhattan and then Long Island (Brooklyn next season) for three road games? Better yet, what would it...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 23, 2014

Canucks At Blues Morning Open Thread: Miller Returns To St. Louis

The Ryan Miller era in St. Louis was notable for the fact that he was a disappointment. Things haven't changed in Vancouver. Man, aren't we all so relieved that Ryan Miller made his sister in law's wedding? No? Yeah, neither am I. Ryan Miller's tenure in St. Louis was nothing short of disappointing. His playoff stats were atrocious (.897 SV%, 2.70 GAA) were a large portion of the reason that the Blues had yet another one of their trademarked early exits from the postseason. He never seemed to gel or communicate with the defense that well - perhaps leaving a team without one and heading to...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 23, 2014

Thursday Links - Now We Show You Letterman Clips

There's a game tonight. There's a podcast coming. There are other links. There's a video about soccer analytics. But there's also a video with a dude balancing cigar boxes on his chin and a dude skipping rope with two ladies on his back. Enjoy! The reason what happened in Ottawa yesterday is more terrifying than every murder in the United States might be . . . and whether or not this is sad is another issue . . . that shit just doesn't HAPPEN there. If you want to know what I'm talking about, I'll lead off with that link . . . right here. A gunman and a Canadian soldier are dead following...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 22, 2014

NHL GameCenter Live Review: Beefed Up Desktop, Mobile Apps Help The Experience

The NHL's on-line subscription service gets better this year across multiple formats. I haven't yelled at my PS4 yet during streaming of a hockey game this season. Those who follow me on Twitter have probably seen me complain about the NHL's GameCenter Live app for PS3 which lagged, stuttered, got out of sync, and occasionally refused to play. This season it seems sharper, and any buffering happens due to your internet connectivity, not because the servers feel like it. If you have a PS4 or XBox One, having GameCenter Live is nearly as good as having a Center Ice subscription. It's better,...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 22, 2014

With Paul Stastny Injured, Steve Ott Is The New Vladimir Sobotka

Paul Stastny's out, so the Blues' fourth-liner is being asked to take on a larger role. To be fair, the situations between Steve Ott's usage right now and Vladimir Sobotka's last season are different. Sobotka was utilized as a spark plug to get lines going, and as a face-off winner to drive possession. So is Ott. Sobotka was placed in inexplicable places like the top six and the powerplay when players are healthy. Ott has been placed in the top six - right now the top line - due to the injury to Paul Stastny and the flu of Jori Lehtera. But there is something about seeing Ott on the top...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 22, 2014

Wednesday Links - One Good Way To Ruin Your Teeth

There were ten games and some of our least favorites lost in kinda hilarious fashion (LOL Red Wings, LOL Avs), but you gotta see how this one woman is able to pry open the WHOLE top of a beer can with her teeth. Hence, today's title. Enjoy! These long layoffs are bullshit. BLUES NEWS: Richard posted Volume Two of his Replacements series yesterday. And of course he HAD to do it before yesterday's Maple Leafs game (more on that later . . . involves an old friend!) . . . go figure! [SLGT] The injury bug seems to have struck early this season. We'll see what that foretells for the rest of the...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 21, 2014

The Replacements: Volume 2

Comparing the new faces with those who left us For the purpose of this article, I will be comparing the arrivals and departures from our roster. This isn't to mean that the player coming in will take the departing players exact role. I will compare most players as a group, rather than as a player vs player comparison. The exception to this rule will be players who are obviously and easily comparable. Such as Ryan Miller and Jake Allen. This will be a reoccurring article throughout the season. Every month I will look at how these formerBlues are playing and compare it to how our new Blues...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 21, 2014
Tuesday Links - Look Ma, No Hands!

Tuesday Links - Look Ma, No Hands!

Links, you got it. And I have a stupid human trick for you because that's our theme. And this one may truly be stupid, but it's still impressive. Almost literally nothing happened in the NHL yesterday. Did the offseason return or some shit, and no one told anyone? And yes, Jason, I figured "hick-ster" was an endearing term. But the fact that I AM one now is partially my upbringing's fault and DEFINITELY (in part) my wife's fault. (LOVE YOU DEAR!) BLUES NEWS: Petteri Lindbohm, by all accounts, was solid in his NHL debut on Sunday, despite the team sucking out loud. He was sent back to the...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 20, 2014

Monday Links: Fake Punting, Ratification, and Butt Plugs

Monday morning links - get 'em while they're hot! So it looks like I'm going to be your regular Monday linker from now on. Sweet action! BLUES NEWS: The Blues action last night was not so sweet, losing 3-0 to the Ducks. I didn't just cap it, I recaped it! [SLGT] Here's the perspective of last night from Disneyland's point of view. [Anaheim Calling] It's a little past prime now, but our Beyond Checkerdome compadres Tim & Tyler were guests on the BOGcast ("Black-Orange-Gold" podcast) to preview the Ducks-Blues game. They did a good job - and we actually play Anaheim again in 10 days, so...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 20, 2014
Recap: Blues Forced to Play Ducks During The Walking Dead, Protest By Playing Like Walkers; Lose 3-0

Recap: Blues Forced to Play Ducks During The Walking Dead, Protest By Playing Like Walkers; Lose 3-0

Blues catch the flu, can't handle a back-to-back in Anaheim. Again. Some nights you're the hammer, and some nights half of your team catches  the flu on the back half of a back-to-back on the road against one of the best teams in the NHL. Coming off a thorough beating of the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night, the Blues hopped back to the greater LA area to play the Anaheim Ducks. The Blues two biggest offseason additions - centers Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera - had to sit out due to injury/flu, so the roster was largely the same to take the ice as went 0-3 last year against the...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 19, 2014

"Game Time" Prospect Sunday: ON THE HORIZON, Oct. 19, 2014

A look ahead at the upcoming schedule for all Blues' prospects outside the North American pro ranks... European leagues, major junior, and NCAA. . . .. VILLE HUSSO, G/L, 6-03 / 205, 02-06-95 ... 11 GP, 653 MINS, 24 GA / 281 SA, 2.20 / 91.5%, 7-3-0-1, 2 SO . DATE ... OPPONENT TIME VENUE TU 10-21-14 at KAL PA KUPIO Europe Data Group Areena, Kuopio, FIN FR 10-24-14 at SPORT VAASA Europe Vaasa Areena, Vaasa, FIN SA 10-25-14 at LUKKO RAUMA Europe Kivikylän Areena, Rauma, FIN . . .. SANTERI SAARI, D/L, 6-02 / 191, 10-18-94 ... 9 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 10 PM, 0...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 19, 2014

Blues At Anaheim Ducks GameDay Storystream: Quack Attack

Wait, I thought Ducks were supposed to be friendly? Solid game in Phoenix Glendale, Arizona guys, but there's no time to bask in that success. Tonight the Blues are back at it with a game against the mighty Ducks of Anaheim (but not Mighty Ducks). The Ducks lost their season opener in Pittsburgh, but have gone on to win the next 4 in a row, including their own home opener Friday night against the Wild. Winning streaks are not new to Anaheim - you may recall that last year Anaheim had several such streaks. They had two streaks that ran 8 games or more, and had a few shorter ones. In...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 19, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY: TRENDING UP, Oct. 19, 2014

Scorers gonna score... and four kids drafted to do just that, got the job done this week. Plus, Petteri Lindbohm jumps from the Finnish junior league to the NHL in less than a year. Here's your "Fab Five" for the week in the Blues' prospect stable. By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department ___________________________________________________________________________ THREE STAR SELECTIONS FOR THE WEEK ENDING 10-18-14 *** FIRST Star *** ** SECOND Star ** * THIRD Star * Ty RATTIE Mackenzie MACEACHERN Samuel BLAIS Chicago (AHL) Michigan State (Big 10) Victoriaville...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 19, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY for October 19, 2014

The Chicago Wolves are shining in both ends of the rink in the early going... the defense has allowed just five goals in four games, while the offense has struck gold 14 times in that span. Further to the north and west, the Alaska Aces have gotten off to a rough start in their defense of the 2014 Kelly Cup. TRANSACTIONS Date Link Details . 10-18-14 LINK D PETTERI LINDBOHM recalled from Chicago (AHL) to St. Louis (NHL). ============================================================ INJURY REPORT Date Link Details . 10-19-14 LINK D JOEL EDMUNDSON and D JANI...

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