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The Backup Bonanza

The Backup Bonanza

The Blues have seen a rash of backup goaltenders lately. Why? Does it matter? Backup goaltenders can be difficult to manage. Staying alert and prepared to enter a game at a moment’s notice is only possible if your skills remain sharp, but many coaches are reluctant to “take away” the net from a goaltender whose psyche must be preserved in order for the starter to sufficiently carry the team. And so, when your team plays a game against a backup goaltender, it can be a noteworthy occasion. A starting goaltender can expect to play in roughly 70% of his team’s game, and so you would...
St. Louis Game Time 10 hours ago
Vladimir Tarasenko makes a little girl’s birthday

Vladimir Tarasenko makes a little girl’s birthday

I’m not crying, YOU’RE CRYING Those of you who know me know that I’m not an emotional person. It takes a lot to get me to tear up, let alone cry. So thanks, Vladimir Tarasenko. You made me cry. Arianna Dougan and Tarasenko go back a few years, when he first met her as a child recently diagnosed with neuroblastoma. She’s relapsed four times. She brought Vladdy a box of chocolate covered strawberries that he’d “probably” share with his teammates (generous of him, because I would’ve hidden those buggers), and then gave her and her mother a trip with the Blues on the team’s...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 21, 2017
What Is Going On With Carl Gunnarsson?

What Is Going On With Carl Gunnarsson?

For three weeks the Blues defenseman hasn’t played two games in a row. I’m sure Carl Gunnarsson is a nice guy. His teammates seem to like him. His name is never mixed up in drug cartel news or dog fighting rings. He stays out of trouble. He’s nondescript. And that’s the problem. He’s so out of the spotlight, you hardly know if he’s playing. And judging by his recent game log, he isn’t playing that often which makes us question his role on the St. Louis Blues moving forward under Mike Yeo. The Blues have had 23 games in 2017. He’s played in 10 of those games. In fairness, he...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 21, 2017
Panthers Vs. Blues Recap: They Blue It.

Panthers Vs. Blues Recap: They Blue It.

Four. Point. Six. Seconds. Really? Blues Lineup: Forwards: Alexander Steen/Paul Stastny/Vladimir Tarasenko Jaden Schwartz/Patrik Berglund/Magnus Paajarvi Ivan Barbashev/Jori Lehtera/David Perron Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo Robert Bortuzzo/Kevin Shattenkirk Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko Goaltender: Jake Allen Game Highlights: Tonight the Blues were playing their last game before the "bye week" or free days off. Whatever you want to call it. Their opponents were The Jaromir Jagr's featuring the Florida Panthers. The Panthers coming...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 20, 2017
Panthers at Blues gameday thread: Paul Stastny possibly returns to the lineup

Panthers at Blues gameday thread: Paul Stastny possibly returns to the lineup

It’s the last game before the break - will fans see Stastny back? Tonight is the last game before the Blues take five days off for a vacation. Teams haven’t sprung back from the bye week that well, so let’s look on the bright side: we get to see Jaromir Jagr and Paul Stastny is probably returning to the lineup tonight. And as an added perk, it’s hair metal night! Come rock out to awful 80s music. We're guessing you might hear a few songs from these guys tonight during @KSHE95 Hair Band Night #Blues50 pic.twitter.com/kc7uDKs4QM— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) February 20,...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 20, 2017
Panthers at Blues preview: Jagr and Luongo tell Father Time to stick it

Panthers at Blues preview: Jagr and Luongo tell Father Time to stick it

The Blues hope to start another streak tonight against the Panthers. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Jaromir Jagr is 45. He’s older than his other two linemates combined. He’s older than eight of the Blues. He’s the last player standing from NHL 94, and the day that he retires will officially be the day that my childhood dies. He’s not only notable because of his age. His work ethic is the best in sports, and he’s having a season that, yet again, would make men half his age jealous. At 11 goals and 23 assists, he’s behind last year’s output but is still tied for fourth on...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 20, 2017
Jaromir Jagr: Flipping the bird at father time

Jaromir Jagr: Flipping the bird at father time

The Blues take on the Florida Panthers tonight, in what most should call the “watch Jaromir Jagr be awesome” show. Jagr is unreal, and deserves the hundreds of articles being written as we connect here. He has 760 goals, and his last one was a doozy. The defenseman was gathering the puck behind his own net before Jagr swooped in like a teleported mutant, stole the puck, faked the goaltender out of his skates, and punched it into the net. Jagr is a long haired Houdini out there, and he’s 45 years old. You heard that right folks. Jagr is FORTY FIVE! I was eight years old when he was...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 20, 2017
Panthers at Blues morning open thread: Welcome back, Ty Rattie(?)

Panthers at Blues morning open thread: Welcome back, Ty Rattie(?)

The Blues look to regroup after just their second loss under new coach Mike Yeo. First off, everyone welcome back Ty Rattie, whom the Blues (re)claimed off of waivers yesterday! And everyone waive bye to Ty, because he’s headed back to the Chicago Wolves. Saturday afternoon’s game against the Sabres could’ve gone better, though the Blues showed considerable fight in the last ten minutes to come back. Hey, you can’t win them all. Tonight the Blues welcome Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers into Scottrade Center. The Panthers have scratched and clawed their way up the standings,...
Die By The Blade Feb 18, 2017
Sabres vs. Blues Game Thread

Sabres vs. Blues Game Thread

Avoid disappointment this afternoon by having no expectations Game #59 Buffalo Sabres (25-23-10) vs. St. Louis Blues (31-22-5) Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG-B, FS-MW | Radio: WGR 550 | Stream: NHL.TV SB Nation’s Blues Blog: St. Louis Game Time Projected Buffalo Lines 56 Justin Bailey -- 90 Ryan O'Reilly -- 21 Kyle Okposo 9 Evander Kane -- 15 Jack Eichel -- 23 Sam Reinhart 82 Marcus Foligno -- 71 Evan Rodrigues -- 12 Brian Gionta 26 Matt Moulson -- 44 Nicolas Deslauriers -- 63 Tyler Ennis 29 Jake McCabe -- 55 Rasmus Ristolainen 77 Dmitry Kulikov -- 47 Zach...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 18, 2017
Blues at Sabres gameday thread: Jack Jack Attack

Blues at Sabres gameday thread: Jack Jack Attack

Jack Eichel might feature prominently in this afternoon’s tilt. Can the Blues balance him out? Kyle Brodziak’s back this afternoon, but probably of more concern to Blues fans is Jack Eichel and if the Blues can defend against the Sabres’ star forward. The Blues are riding a six-game winning streak; seven games can add a bit more cushion between them and the wild card teams. Paul Stastny made the trip, but he probably won’t play - which is fine, considering that the team appears to be able to hold their own without him for now. Rest up, Paul. The only line-up change is the addition...
Die By The Blade Feb 18, 2017
Sabres vs Blues Preview: Tough matinee game

Sabres vs Blues Preview: Tough matinee game

Buffalo will face an uphill battle to try and get their third win in a row. Game #59 Buffalo Sabres (25-23-10) vs. St. Louis Blues (31-22-5) Puck drop: 1:00 p.m. EST | KeyBank Center | Buffalo, NY TV: MSG-B, FS-MW | Radio: WGR 550 | Stream: NHL.TV SB Nation’s Blues Blog: St. Louis Game Time Three Questions 1. Can the Sabres make it three wins in a row? Buffalo really needs to start racking up some wins, but face quite the challenge this afternoon. The Blues have six wins on the trot and are 7-1-0 since they fired Ken Hitchcock and Mike Yeo took over. To make things worse, the Sabres are...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 18, 2017
Preview Blues at Sabres: Six is Good, Seven is Better

Preview Blues at Sabres: Six is Good, Seven is Better

The Blues take on the Buffalo Sabres today at 12:00 CT. Fresh off a 4-3 win against the Vancouver Canucks the Blues look to extend their six game win streak today against the Buffalo Sabres. The game begins at 12:00 CT and can be seen on FSMW or foxsportsgo.com. It was announced Friday that the Blues would be getting at least one of their veteran centers back for today’s game. Kyle Brodziak will return to the lineup two weeks ahead of schedule and will slide back into his normal position centering the fourth line. Wade Megan has been reassigned to the Chicago Wolves. "Guys have been...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 16, 2017
Canucks Vs. Blues Recap: Have a Six Pack On Us

Canucks Vs. Blues Recap: Have a Six Pack On Us

Blues go undefeated on the one game homestand. Blues Lineup: Forwards: Alexander Steen/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko Jaden Schwartz/Patrik Berglund/David Perron Kenny Agostino/Ivan Barbashev/Magnus Paajarvi Nail Yakupov/Wade Megan/Ryan Reaves Defensemen: Alex Pietrangelo/Jay Bouwmeester Robert Bortuzzo/Kevin Shattenkirk Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko Goaltender: Jake Allen Game Highlights: The Blues looked for a quick start against the Canucks tonight. The Canucks are on their final game of a long road trip, and the Blues played the night before. The Blues struck first though. Just four...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 16, 2017
Canucks at Blues game day thread: #MakeItSix

Canucks at Blues game day thread: #MakeItSix

The Blues can string together even more points tonight if they return to their home winning ways. I'm typing this on my phone, so this lede-in will be short and sweet. Five wins in a row. No Fabbri, Stastny, or Brodziak. Improved goaltending. Positive locker room vibe. Not bad. This is your game day thread. Comment like you want this streak to continue for a while. Let’s do this. Let’s go Blues.
St. Louis Game Time Feb 16, 2017
Canucks at Blues preview: Blues can stretch their streak to six

Canucks at Blues preview: Blues can stretch their streak to six

Can the Blues continue their hot play tonight at home? The Blues are back home after a five game road trip, but they’re only in St. Louis for tonight before heading to Buffalo to square off against the Sabres on Saturday afternoon. Their February schedule is odd (gotta fit in that five day bye week), and it’s nice to have a home game in the middle of of a win streak. The Blues sweeping their five game road trip was a first in franchise history, and a sign that things might be on an upswing, even with Kyle Broadziak, Paul Stastny, and Robby Fabbri injured. Carter Hutton pitched his...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 16, 2017
Beyond Checkerdome #150: Drunk With Victory

Beyond Checkerdome #150: Drunk With Victory

The Blues leave us giddy with a 4-and-Yeo road trip start We may be old codgers, but we still succumb to peer pressure. If there’s a little extra rambling this week, it’s because we had our arms twisted into doing #ShotsForGoals for the Montreal game before recording the podcast. Not that we needed much help - losing to Pittsburgh was a bummer, but ripping off 4 consecutive wins afterwards made us all a little giddy. We cover those games and celebrate the first career goal of Ivan Barbashev. We also talk about the injuries to Robby Fabbri and Paul Stastny. The latter particularly hurts,...
MY NHL Trade Rumors Feb 16, 2017
NHL Rumors: Golden Knights, Blues and Coyotes

NHL Rumors: Golden Knights, Blues and Coyotes

On the Vegas Golden Knights … Bob McKenzie: Gerard Gallant and Jack Capuano appear to be the leading candidates from the Golden Knights head coaching job. On the St. Louis Blues … Chris Nichols: Darren Dreger on pending free agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk: “I can tell you the asking price for Shattenkirk, even as a rental,
St. Louis Game Time Feb 16, 2017
Canucks at Blues morning open thread: Streakin’

Canucks at Blues morning open thread: Streakin’

The Blues are 6-1 under Mike Yeo. So, remember when the Blues couldn’t win on the road? Remember when we were terrified of extended road trips? Remember when Eastern Canada (and its subsidiary, Detroit) hadn’t yet been plowed through by a Blues team on a mission? Well, the Blues swept an entire road trip 5-0 for the first time in franchise history. Of course, the Blackhawks are also on a five game winning streak, so the Blues didn’t gain any ground on them, but they did put a nice three point cushion between themselves and the Predators, and they’ve improved their road record to...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 16, 2017
Blues Vs. Red Wings Recap: Detroit Hutt City

Blues Vs. Red Wings Recap: Detroit Hutt City

A five game win streak? On the road? Who are these f*cking guys? Blues Lineup: Forwards: Alexander Steen/Jori Lehtera/Vladimir Tarasenko Jaden Schwartz/Patrik Berglund/David Perron Kenny Agostino/Ivan Barbashev/Magnus Paajarvi Scottie Upshall/Wade Megan/Ryan Reaves Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo Carl Gunnarsson/Kevin Shattenkirk Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko Goaltender: Carter Hutton Game Highlights: The Blues took the ice on their final trip to Joe Louis Arena. It wouldn't take them long to make themselves at home. The scoring started when Ivan Barbashev beat Red Wings...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 15, 2017
Blues at Red Wings GameDay Thread: Bye, Joe.

Blues at Red Wings GameDay Thread: Bye, Joe.

The Blues hope to close out their road trip and their time at the Joe Louis Arena with a win. Tonight marks the last time the Blues will set foot in Joe Louis Arena, which is, depending on who you talk to, an arena whose time has come or a hallowed place. I’ll let you discern who says what. Tonight’s a NBCSN broadcast, so adjust your dial accordingly. The Blues are 4-0-1 in their last five at The Joe, and they’re 4-0 so far on the road trip. A perfect trip would be a great way to welcome the guys home tomorrow night before they fly off to Buffalo. This is your GameDay Thread. Comment...

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