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St. Louis Game Time 8 hours ago
Hate Fuel - A Guide to Jeering the Chicago Blackhawks

Hate Fuel - A Guide to Jeering the Chicago Blackhawks

Actually, why the fuck do you need a guide? .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage { display: block; width: 100%; } .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage img { max-width: 100%; } Guys and gals, in the last couple years, I have posted a "Hate Fuel" post on St. Louis Game Time: The Website ahead of each playoff series to get us all fired up for the postseason opponent ahead. The last three series in those past couple years, those teams have been on the west coast, so reasonably, we have had to manufacture our hate in a reasonable sense, despite the fact that we've had great reason...
St. Louis Game Time 10 hours ago
Blues vs. Blackhawks Game One Preview: No Oshie? No Problem.

Blues vs. Blackhawks Game One Preview: No Oshie? No Problem.

The Blues' postseason hopes are pinned on returning injured players, but two of them won't be back tonight. .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage { display: block; width: 100%; } .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage img { max-width: 100%; } Tonight, it begins. The Blues won't be getting everyone back tonight, though I think that T.J. Oshie not practicing yesterday foreshadowed that development. Oshie and Patrick Berglund are both still injured and down, but the Blues are getting back reinforcements aplenty regardless. David Backes, Vladimir Tarasenko, Vladimir Sobotka, Barret...
Dominik / Lighthouse Hockey 12 hours ago
2014 NHL Playoff Pick 'em: St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

2014 NHL Playoff Pick 'em: St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Just look at these Proven Winner coaches. Ken Hitchcock and Joel Quenneville are among the winningest active NHL coaches. They've met in the playoffs before. Oddly, each time the outcome reflected not so much their coaching as the quality of their rosters. In 1999 Hitchcock's Stars beat Quenneville's Blues 4-2 in the second round, on their way to the franchise's only Stanley Cup victory. In 2001, despite a 106-point season and coming off two consecutive Cup finals, Hitchcock's aging Stars were swept in the second round by Quenneville's rising Blues, who lost in the conference final to the...
St. Louis Game Time 14 hours ago

Lighting The Lamp: Let The Rivalry Resume

You might recognize the "Lighting the Lamp" feature from the Game Time paper. Rick Ackerman has been nice enough to send over his column for the website. "Lighting the Lamp" will be featured every home game day. .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage { display: block; width: 100%; } .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage img { max-width: 100%; } On February 9, 2014, the day the NHL suspended operations in order for players to represent their respective countries at the Olympic games in Sochi, Russia, the St. Louis Blues were the number four team in the NHL with 82 points. Slightly...
St. Louis Game Time 15 hours ago
Beyond Checkerdome: Welcome Back, Tyler

Beyond Checkerdome: Welcome Back, Tyler

Episode 39 is up and would like to order another round ... Sometimes you have to step back and realize what a wonderful time of year that it is. That horrendous end-of-season run is over, the playoffs are just around the corner (TONIGHT !!!), and the reason that I've had this circled on my calender for months: Finally ... the Donut King .... has come BACK ... to St Louis!!!!! For the very first time since we've started this little dog and pony show, we were able to record one of these live, face to face. We had a little difficulty at first (pardon the 4-minute stretch of bad audio), but we...
On the Forecheck 15 hours ago
NHL Playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues Preview

NHL Playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks vs St. Louis Blues Preview

The Stats Chicago Blackhawks St. Louis Blues Record 46-21-15 7th 52-23-7 4th GF/Game 3.18 2nd 2.92 6th GA/Game 2.58 12th 2.29 3rd 5-on-5 Close SF/60 32.6 4th 28.8 19th 5-on-5 Close SA/60 26.0 3rd 27.0 5th Fenwick Close 55.20 2nd 53.10 7th 5-on-5 Close Save % .922 18th .923 17th 5-on-4 GF/60 6.6 8th 6.8 6th # of PP's/Gm 3.13 21st 3.45 6th 4-on-5 GA/60 6.2 19th 4.6 2nd # of PK's/Gm 3.02 6th 3.57 26th Background More from our team sites Chicago Blackhawks Follow St. Louis Blues Follow More from our team sites Chicago Blackhawks blog...
St. Louis Game Time 17 hours ago
Blues vs. Blackhawks Game One Morning Open Thread: It Begins

Blues vs. Blackhawks Game One Morning Open Thread: It Begins

Game one of the Blues' foray into the Stanley Cup Playoffs begins. Will they come out in one piece in front of an impatient Scottrade crowd? .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage { display: block; width: 100%; } .m-sbnation-2014-nhl-playoff-coverage img { max-width: 100%; } The Blues, as coach Ken Hitchcock would be quick to tell you, lead the season series against the Blackhawks 3-2-0. The Blackhawks are down 2-1-2. You can't look at just one record and get the whole picture. This is will be a tight series if the Blues show up. And the Blues should show up. Here're the lines...
St. Louis Game Time 19 hours ago

Thursday Links: I Know You'd Like to Think Your S*** Don't Stink...

Marc Bergevin is happy, Teej is about to be everywhere (again), and you have reason to believe! When you woke up this morning, did the air smell fresher? Did your shower feel warmer? Did your eggs/cereal/breakfast beer taste sweeter? That's right - the Stanley Cup Playoffs have arrived! BLUES NEWS: Has the Blues' late season slump taken away your faith in this team? Fear not! Here's why you should believe in the Blues again, composed beautifully by such a brilliant wordsmith who's also devilishly handsome. [SLGT] Fearless Leader Hildymac previews the series. [SLGT] Bernie Miklasz...
Second City Hockey Apr 16, 2014
2014 NHL Playoff Preview : Blackhawks vs Blues

2014 NHL Playoff Preview : Blackhawks vs Blues

The Blackhawks and Blues are set to do battle in the playoffs for the 11th time in their long rivalry. (2) St. Louis Blues (111 pts, 52-23-7) vs (3) Chicago Blackhawks (107 pts, 46-21-15) Series Schedule Gm 1 Thursday, April 17 at 7 pm CDT Blackhawks at Blues Gm 2 Saturday, April 19 at 2 pm CDT Blackhawks at Blues Gm 3 Monday, April 21 at 7:30 pm CDT Blues at Blackhawks Gm 4 Wednesday, April 23 8:30 pm CDT Blues at Blackhawks Gm 5* Friday, April 25 7 pm CDT Blackhawks at Blues Gm 6* Sunday, April 27 2 pm CDT Blues at Blackhawks Gm...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 16, 2014
Five Reasons You Better Believe The Blues Can Beat The Blackhawks

Five Reasons You Better Believe The Blues Can Beat The Blackhawks

The Blues couldn't buy a goal down the stretch, much less a win, and now we're stuck with the hardest first round opponent we could've gotten. Here's why none of that matters. It's no secret that the Blues didn't end the regular season particularly strong. 6 straight losses, 2 straight shutouts, and only 4 even strength goals the entire month of April (2 of which came against Buffalo). The severe slide in play took a team that at one point had a 54% chance at the President's Trophy and dropped them all the way down to 2nd place in the Central Division, into the path of the defending...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 16, 2014

Simulating the Blues and Hawks

I set up a coin-flipping simulation for the playoffs. Even StrengthThe Hawks averaged 32.6 SF/60 and 26 SA/60.  The Blues averaged 28.8 SF/60 and 27 SA/60.  Averaging those has the Hawks taking 29.8 ES shots a game and the Blues 27.4.Killing PenaltiesThe Blues took more penalties than the Hawks (293 to 248).  The Hawks average more shots per power play (1.44 to 1.30).  The Blues give up fewer shots per penalty kill (1.24 to 1.44).  Net effect is the Hawks being expected to take about one more power play shot per game than the Blues (5 to 4).  It's not quite a full 1.0 shot difference,...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 16, 2014
Blues vs. Blackhawks Round One Preview: The Second Season Begins

Blues vs. Blackhawks Round One Preview: The Second Season Begins

The Blues have a tough road ahead of them - will they take the opportunity to rebound against the defending champs? We all know that the Blues did not exactly end the season on a positive note. One win in the last 6 games would've won them the Central and a more favorable first round match-up with the Minnesota Wild. That didn't happen, the Blues are dealing with the Blackhawks in the first round, and very few (if any) experts are picking them to make it to the second. What a difference from early season predictions, huh? Something to be taken into consideration is the fact that the Blues...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 16, 2014

Wednesday Links - The M*A*S*H Unit Is Returning

The rise of the undead. Shots. O'Neill depresses us. Have a little faith. Hockey Hugs. Predictions. Projections. Redacted. Overpaid people. Draft lottery. Trophy projections. Nudist church. Awesome coffee mugs. And awesome outtake videos. Fire it up. Hey, it seems the Blues are no longer looking like the cast members of The Walking Dead! HOORAY! Or some shit. BLUES NEWS: The Blues held an optional skate yesterday, in which Vladimir Tarasenko was without a cast and also featured were recently-injured participants like T.J. Oshie, Brenden Morrow, Barret Jackman and Alex Pietrangelo. Pretty...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 15, 2014

Blues Set To Get Backes, Oshie, Possibly Tarasenko Back for Round One

The Blues're getting some reinforcements for round one. Will it be enough? The Chicago Blackhawks might be getting Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane back for round one, but the Blues are getting back about two lines and a defensive pairing of players. Alex Pietrangelo, Barret Jackman, David Backes, Patrik Berglund, T.J. Oshie, Brenden Morrow and Vladimir Tarasenko are all expected to play at some point this series - all of the guys should be back for game one, and Tarasenko will be back sooner than expected. He had his cast removed yesterday and skated in practice today. "We'll see,"...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 15, 2014

St. Louis Blues Shooting Summary for 2013-14

A final version of the heat map rink showing where shots are taken, goals scored, and shooting percentage from location. Goal scoring is the hot topic for the St. Louis Blues right now.  More specifically, it has been the lack of goal scoring that is the concern of Blues fans.  I put together the NHL play-by-play data and isolated just the shots and goals.  I converted the x-y coordinates so that they would populate just one side of the rink.  Some of the outliers might be shots taken on empty nets at the end of a game. The marks are sized according to the number of shots taken from...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 15, 2014

Tuesday Links - Cheap Tix, Dinosaurs & More!

Blues get a much-needed day off, have cheap playoff tickets and are the West favorites for some reason, plus other stuff and a video about VELOCIRAPTORS, MOTHERFUCKER. Click things. It's your human right, Goddamnit! Things are so weird right now, man. I mean, it's the playoffs, but no one fucking cares. BLUES NEWS: Stanley Cup bracket contest! J-Mill with the deets. [SLGT] Blues playoff tickets are cheap, so maybe buy some tickets and keep Blackhawks fans away, eh? How is asking for a home-ice advantage considered "shaming"? [SLGT] Despite shitting not just the bed but the bedroom...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 14, 2014
Blues Playoff Tickets Are Cheap: Suck It Up And Go

Blues Playoff Tickets Are Cheap: Suck It Up And Go

The Blues will have some seats available for Thursday night's game - and the aftermarket prices are reasonable as well. I know very few of us are positive right now about the Blues' playoff chances, but the first round starts Thursday night against the Chicago Blackhawks. Put on your big girl panties, suck it up, and go. Yes, the Blues have backed into the playoffs, but it's the playoffs. Playoff hockey is special. Don't take it for granted. And don't let this turn into a Blackhawks home game. From Connor Gregory of SeatGeek.com comes this tidbit of information: The average price of a...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 14, 2014

Stanley Cup playoffs odds: Blues still favorites to win West

Fans may not be optimistic about the Blues' chances in the playoffs, but odds-makers are. This should make all of you who decided to head down to the casino feel better: the Blues still have good odds to win the Stanley Cup.What does that mean? Nothing. Remember - odds are just for fun. It's not like any of you have a sports almanac from the future or anything. Do you? If so, please let us know what happens so everyone can either perk up or calm down. From Bovada.lv: Odds to win the 2014 Stanley Cup           Boston Bruins 7/2 St. Louis Blues             ...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 14, 2014

The St. Louis Game Time Postseason Bracket Contest That In No Way Infringes Upon Copyrights!

Think you know who'll win the Stanley Cup? Time to put up or shut up - AND WIN PRIZES TOO! Thanks to the ownership failures of the Atlanta Thrashers (sorry, Hildy), this year's re-alignment brings with it a fun new playoff format which sees a (partial) return to divisional playoffs. Which also makes it possible to fill out a Stanley Cup Playoffs bracket much like the NCAA March Madness. The NHL likely set this up with wet dreams of getting hockey bracket pools going through every office in North America, which would hopefully translate to higher TV ratings. You can even fill one out &...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 14, 2014

Monday Links - Can't Get Much Worse

The Blues are horseshit right now and pretty much everyone has counted them out, including about 99.999% of Blues fans. And for good reason. Perhaps they have the Blackhawks right where they want them. But I could be crazy. Links! Mostly Blues links today, because you need to know more about how much the Blues have sucked lately, right? Good to see a few folks at the game yesterday. Even if my old "good luck charm" days are over. Blues lost 3-0. The Red Wings iced the Grand Rapids Griffins while the Blues iced the Chicago Wolves. The Griffins won, though both teams looked like ass. Hildy...

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    T.J. Oshie out, but Vladimir Tarasenko back for Blues

  • Jaroslav Halak

    Jaroslav Halak

    Open thread: Capitals vs. Blackhawks

  • David Backes

    David Backes

    Blues Set To Get Backes, Oshie, Possibly Tarasenko Back for Round One

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    Chris Stewart

    Sabres Links: McCabe debuts, Foligno injured, Stewart could return this year

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