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St. Louis Game Time 2 hours ago

Beyond Checkerdome #71: Twenty Years Ago Today...

The latest podcast episode is up and ready to toast tonight's special issue! It was twenty years ago today Jeffio had quite a bit to say He sold the very first Game Night Revue Gallagher and Brad Lee followed too So if you haven't heard by now The rag's been sold for twenty years Sellin' Papers Only Made By Fans! Yes, we're part of the celebration of 20 years of fan-run papers being sold outside the Kiel Savvis Scottrade Center. We're joined by Brad Lee as we talk about the history of the paper, things he and the other editors have learned over the years, some funny stories about the...
St. Louis Game Time 3 hours ago

Memorabilia Memories: The Twentieth Anniversary Top Ten List

You might recognize the "Memorabilia Memories" (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 Memories" will be featured every home game day. Memorabilia Memories with Rick Ackerman It is truly an honor for me to contribute this article for this 20th Anniversary edition of Game Time. Although I was living in Ohio in 1995, I came in often for Blues' games and do remember picking up a copy of Game Night Revue. I also recall how cool I thought it was that some dedicated fans started a...
On the Forecheck 4 hours ago

Nashville Predators @ St. Louis Blues: A Central Division Challenger Approaches!

The Predators will face the Blues for the last time in the regular season. The Blues are 5 points behind, but that could change quickly if the Preds don't take care of business in the next few games. Let's be real... the Blues are as hot as the Predators are right now. Yes, the Preds are 5 points up on them in the standings, but look at the most recent results. The Blues are 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, the Preds are 7-1-2. The Blues most recently beat the Avs 3-1 (on January 19th, before the All-Star break), the Preds beat the Avs on Tuesday 4-3 in OT. And if there is any team that can...
St. Louis Game Time 6 hours ago

Predators At Blues Morning Open Thread: Hockey's Back

After an extended extended break, the Blues finish up their homestand against the Central's top team. The Blues've been gone so long that Maxim Lapierre is no longer with us. Moment of silence. The Blues' break came right before the end of a season-long seven game homestand. So far the Blues have snagged 11 of a possible 12 points, bringing their total in January to 15 of a possible 18. It would be nice to end the homestand with two more points before heading to Carolina on Friday night, but that won't be easy. The Nashville Predators will be without their starting goaltender Pekka Rinne...
St. Louis Game Time 8 hours ago

THURSDAY LINKS - THE BLUES ARE BACK

Brodeur, Perds, Fancy Stats, and Time Travel movies. What? The Blues are playing a game again.  I didn't know they still played. BLUES NEWS: Robb compares Maxim Lapierre and Marcel Goc after Tuesday's trade. [SLGT] "He Played for the Blues?" (S/T to HallPlante) [Sportsnet] Martin Brodeur will drop the puck before the Blues-Predators game tonight. [Sportsnet] Darren Pang discussed Martin Brodeur on Mark vs. Wyshynski. [Puck Daddy] Rob Vollman handicapped the Selke race (mentioning David Backes), but it's behind ESPN's Insider paywall. Read it if you can. (S/T to Robb) [ESPN] Tonight only,...
St. Louis Game Time 23 hours ago

Celebrate 20 Years Of Fan-Run Publishing With Us

Look for our special issue Thursday and come to our watch party Friday. In a little more than 24 hours the St. Louis Blues will return to the ice after taking 10 days off for the All-Star Break. Other than Brian Elliott trying to become a sensation on social media, the commentators drooling over the talent of Vladimir Tarasenko, arguably the greatest goaltender in history retiring and the Blues trading a fourth-line player for a different fourth-line player, absolutely nothing has happened during the break. Also in a little more than 24 hours you can get our special issue of the Game Time...
St. Louis Game Time Jan 28, 2015

Lapierre vs Goc

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St. Louis Game Time Jan 28, 2015

Wednesday Links - Goc Ya!

Brodeur set to retire, and another French Canadian dead-weight gets sent off for something useful. And other things, including more Newcastle Brown Ale spots. "Off-day? *DISMISSIVE WANKING MOTION*" -- Doug Armstrong BLUES NEWS: The day started with news that Martin Brodeur was to officially retire on Thursday and join the Blues front office for the remainder of the season. [SLGT] And then the team thanked him in the only way the Blues know how . . . by riding coattails. #GoodRideCowboy [SLGT FanShots] Then, a bit of an interesting trade . . . the Penguins send Marcel Goc to the Blues in...
St. Louis Game Time Jan 27, 2015

Blues Trade Maxim Lapierre To Penguins for Marcel Goc

Out of the blue comes a shake-up to St. Louis' fourth line. In a swap of centers, the Blues have traded Maxim Lapierre to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Marcel Goc. Goc has played in 42 games for the Pens, posting four penalty minutes as well as two goals, three assists. As our fearless leader Brad Lee put it: Pittsburgh selling high on Goc. Has six points on season, but half those in his last five games. — St Louis Game Time (@StLouisGameTime) January 28, 2015 Hey, keep lighting it up. Maybe this'll motivate Steve Ott. Probably not. Lapierre this season has two goals and seven...
St. Louis Game Time Jan 27, 2015

Martin Brodeur To Announce Retirement

The goaltending legend took some extended time off and came to the conclusion that he should've come to at the end of last season. At the end of last season, Martin Brodeur left the door open for a comeback. The 42 year old goaltender could've retired after an emotional send-off from the New Jersey Devils, but instead, that nagging voice guided him back to the crease to fill in for Brian Elliott. Upon Elliott's return, there wasn't a spot for Brodeur on the ice anymore; after a couple weeks away, Brodeur has had time to realize that it's time to hang up the skates. Martin Brodeur will...
St. Louis Game Time Jan 27, 2015

Tuesday Links - There's Hockey and Stuff

Hockey restarts today, and a bunch of good and bad news. Hockey? BLUES NEWS: On January 26, 1995, the first hockey game at the new Kiel Center was played by the St. Louis Blues against the Los Angeles Kings, a game the Blues won 3-1. That was also the first game the Game Night Revue was published and sold in front of the building. Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of a fan-run rag being sold in front of that building, as Brad notes. [SLGT] Andrew Allsman, the Blues beat writer for KMOV Sports, also has a write-up on this 20th anniversary of sorts for us. (S/T to Brad) [KMOV /...
St. Louis Game Time Jan 26, 2015

Too much of a good thing? St. Louis Blues goal scoring expectations for 2nd half of season

There is no such thing as too many goals. But don't let the St. Louis Blues streak of goal scoring fool you. Unless certain trends change, we might not see as many in the second half of the season. Shots generate goals.  Seems obvious right?  But nothing in this article will make sense unless we understand that teams that shoot the puck more tend to score more goals.  Out of the top 16 teams in goals for at 5v5 over the past 4 seasons, 10 of those teams are also in the top 16 in shots for at 5v5.  (In case you were wondering, the St. Louis Blues are tied at 13 for goals for and ranked...
St. Louis Game Time Jan 26, 2015

Monday Open Bar: 20 Years of Dick Jokes

A celebration, an anniversary, and a roast. All in a day's links. I usually have Mondays off of work...today I have to go in early. But you don't (probably), so have some links won't you? The Game with All of those Stars ended with a 17-12 score in favor of Team Toews. Could that be the kind of win to turn their season around and get Team Toews into the playoffs? [SLGT] Turns out that all of Alex Ovechkin 's pleading for a car over the weekend was so he could donate it to a hockey organization for kids with down syndrome. And in the end, the executives at Honda gave him the car anyway....
St. Louis Game Time Jan 25, 2015

It's Anniversary Time For Game Time/Game Night Revue

Yesterday marked 20 years since the first fan-run paper outside Blues games Yesterday was a big deal. And no, I'm not talking about the All-Star game. On Jan. 26, 1995, the Kiel Center hosted its first St. Louis Blues game. Mike Keenan was behind the bench. Brett Hull was still on the ice. And outside on the sidewalk was the first fan-run paper covering the team inside. Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the first issue of the "Game Night Revue." If you've been coming here to GT for a while, you may have heard our story. Now 20 years ago, a crazy guy we call Jeffio became the publisher of...
St. Louis Game Time Jan 25, 2015

2015 NHL All-Star Game final score: Team Toews defeats Team Foligno 17-12.

This was the highest scoring All-Star Game in NHL history. So many goals were scored tonight that the Jackets' cannon finally ran out of gunpowder. hahaha you thought you were off the hook #BOOM — NHL Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) January 26, 2015 Well, until Brent Burns scored Team Foligno's 12th of the evening, that is. Tonight's score of 17-12 took out the record previously set in 2001. Vladimir Tarasenko wound up finishing with four assists, and Kevin Shattenkirk finished with a goal and an assist. Brian Elliott allowed six goals while he was thinking of how ticked off his wife...
St. Louis Game Time Jan 25, 2015

2015 All-Star Game Thread: Come, Cheer On Team Whoever

The Blues are split up, so you don't have to worry about any pesky cheering for a particular squad. Just watch and have fun. Say what you want about the All-Star Game: at least the NHL doesn't pretend that it's something that it isn't. You will never hear "this one counts" out of the mouth of Gary Bettman, because he knows it's just a weekend of fun. While Bettman might like to crush fun underneath his tiny heel, he also knows that the more fun the players have, the more fun the fans have, and the more fans'll watch. And you're watching. I know you are. Sure, you might say that you're just...
St. Louis Game Time Jan 25, 2015

2015 NHL All Star Game Fancystats Preview

A fancystats collaboration between Jen from The Committed Indian, and yours truly, breaking down the teams that Toews and Foligno drafted on Friday night. Cross-posted at The Committed Indian. What started out as a joke on twitter Oh man, @RegressedPDO and @robbtuftshockey are going to analyze the corsi potential of each team as they're drafted, aren't they? #nerds — Mike (@HawksBearsCubs) January 23, 2015 actually became a thing.  Jen from The Committed Indian and I accepted the challenge and she took Team Toews (obviously) which left me with Team Foligno. Team Foligno The...
St. Louis Game Time Jan 25, 2015

Mid-Season Grades For The Blues

The PD graded the Blues. So did I. Brian Elliott PD: A Me: A+ Duh! #2 in the league in ES save percentage, #4 in the league in overall save percentage, #1 in the league in GAA (all 10 games minimum). $2.5m a season too. Jake Allen PD: C Me: D- 0.908 ES, 0.900 overall. The 2.65 GAA doesn't look too bad but it's 0.8 goals a game worse than Elliott. I know it's a small sample, but so far Allen is 0.909 ES for his career. That is not "goalie of the future" stuff unless we're talking about the future of BK Mlada Boleslav (Marek Schwarz joke!). Martin Brodeur PD: not...
St. Louis Game Time Jan 25, 2015

NHL All-Star Game 2015 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Columbus' All-Star Weekend comes to a close this afternoon with the main event. So far, so fun this weekend in Columbus for the All-Star festivities. First we were treated to a drunk Alexander Ovechkin trying so hard for a car that he could buy with the paycheck from one shift. Then we had the skills competition, where Shea Weber scared every defenseman in the league and people got up to get beer during the skills relay. This afternoon at 4:00 is the main event, the All-Star Game. Sure, it's just a bunch of rich athletes having fun for no reason and trying really hard not to get hurt. But...
St. Louis Game Time Jan 24, 2015

NHL Skills Competition 2015: Team Foligno Defeats Team Toews, 25-19

Vladimir Tarasenko and Brian Elliott stole the show during the breakaway challenge. Really, there is only one thing that we all care about tonight: #NHLAllStar game Selfie!!!! pic.twitter.com/gWwGyT1kGa — Brian Elliott (@KidElls1) January 25, 2015 In other events that did not involve Brian Elliott and Vladimir Tarasenko capturing the hearts and minds of Twitter, Team Foligno won, 25-19. It wasn't that close most of the event; Team Toews made up ground during the shootout, which is where it belongs, in a skills competition. Maple Leafs fans and guys with doughy physiques everywhere...

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