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Wednesday Links - DANCE OLLI DANCE!

And other stuff and things. Hi. BLUES NEWS: Mixed emotions for Ian Cole after trade to the Penguins. [Lou Korac/In the Slot] Brad reviews and grades the Blues deadline activity. [SLGT] HOCKEY NEWS: Ten games last night, all with final numerical outcomes. [NHL.com 3/3/15] Four games tonight. [NHL.com 3/4/15] The Panthers had an interesting game against the Maple Leafs last night. You get a goalie injury and you get a goalie injury and you get a trip to the hospital and amazingly come back to finish the game. [Puck Daddy] The Maple Leafs snapped their 16 road game losing streak in the...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 3, 2015

Grading The St. Louis Blues At The Trade Deadline

The Blues made three deals on Monday. Let's give them a snap judgment. It's been almost 24 hours since the Blues finished making three trades that shook the foundations of this franchise and completely overhauled  what we believe about this hockey team. Shit, that first sentence was written Sunday night when I was drunk on wine and cheese fondue. There are a couple realizations I think you should embrace before we go any further. These are my interpretations, but I'm usually right. When the Blues are healthy, this team wins. Remember January when they couldn't hardly lose a point? The...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 3, 2015

Tuesday Links - We Will Not Be Active

Oh wait... BLUES NEWS: The Arizona Coyotes have traded defenceman Zbynek Michalek and a conditional 2015 third-round draft pick to the Blues in exchange for prospect Maxim Letunov. [TSN] Toronto sent Olli Jokinen to the Blues for forward Joakim Lindstrom and a conditional 2016 sixth-round draft pick. [TSN] The Blues traded defenceman Ian Cole to the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenceman Robert Bortuzzo and a 2016 seventh-round draft pick. [TSN] TRADE STUFF: Trade deadline day is super serious guys. Here are some llamas to prove it. [USA Today/FTW] I will not be listing all the trades, so...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 2, 2015

Bortuzzo vs Cole

Cole > Bortuzzo Here is Cole and Bertuzzo side by side at War On Ice. They look relatively comparable except for two aspects.  First, Cole has played more minutes than Bertuzzo.  Second, Cole has slightly higher corsi than Bertuzzo.  Could this be the result of how they are being used on ice?  Bertuzzo is seeing two way minutes while Cole has been seeing minutes as "less sheltered".  They are pretty much on opposing corners of the Player Usage Chart over at Hockey Abstract. However, my issue is that Cole has seen a lot more minutes than Bertuzzo and this season is the most ice...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 2, 2015

Michalek's Enhanced Stats

A quick look at some of the numbers behind the St. Louis Blues' newest defensemen Zbynek Michalek. Zbynek Michalek is a defense who plays "shut down" minutes with a positive SAT (or corsi).  Here is Arizona's player usage chart showing Michalek's on ice usage. Michalek is second in corsi for percentage (51.8%) and one of three Coyote defensemen that are above 50%.  He and the rest of the Coyote defense have sub 1000 PDO.  He only generates .5 points per 60 minutes of 5v5 ice time and only 2 goals total so far this season.  If the Blues were looking for a potential Shattenkirk...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 2, 2015

2015 NHL Trade Deadline Open Thread

It may not be an exciting deadline, and the Blues might not do much, so come chat about other teams' deals here. Make sure that you have TSN's Tradecentre (or trade tracker) open on your desk today if you're at work. It's trade deadline day! There haven't been scads of huge trades so far unless you count Jeff Petry being taken off of the table and Braden Coburn going to the Lightning. It appears to be a seller's market, as GMs are ditching top picks left and right for rentals. Do these guys not know that only one team can win the Stanley Cup? Geeze. Save someone for the Blues (or...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 2, 2015

Monday Open Bar - It's A Damn Arms Race

Links ended up a bit on the back burner after the loss and a distraction with trying to figure out what was going on at work. My apologies. Thinks To Clicky: The game was a utter annoying rage fest. Army better not tinker with anything. Serious 5% is NOT worth it. Here is the Recap. [STLGT] Toronto did a thing. Was it a good Goal according to your interpretation of the new rule? [STLGT] There were a few trades that took place while the Canucks were making Swish Cheese out of the Blues goaltenders. Keith Yandele was the big one, as he was moved to the Rangers in a package deal....
St. Louis Game Time Mar 2, 2015

2015 NHL Trade Deadline Storystream: Do The Blues Do Anything?

Will the Blues be active today after a recent rough stretch, or will they stay the course? The Blues are a really good hockey team.  5th in the league in points.  5th in the league in goals for, 5th in goals against, 3rd in goal differential.  Really good, but (maybe) not great.  Do they need to add a piece to make the next step or should they stick with what they have?ForwardsTeams often pick up scoring depth at the deadline.  While the Blues lack a super-star forward like Ovechkin or Crosby, scoring depth is something of which they seem to have plenty.  Still, forwards are going...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 2, 2015

Recap: Blues Get 'Nucked In Shootout

Even with wooing, random goalie changes, and other fuckery; Blues salvage point in Vancouver. After a needed 2 points in Edmonton, the Blues would travel to Vancouver to face the Miller-less Canucks. Jake Allen would start for the Blues and Eddie Lack would start for the Canucks. Let's jump right into it tonight as A LOT happened. First Period: So you hate late games? You hated the slow starts? Well I can at least help out with one of these problems. Even though the Blues played the night before, They were the agressive team early on. Something that they have lacked as of late. (No pun...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 1, 2015

Canucks' Goal Allowed After Whistle Blown: Right Call?

It looked like a no goal until it was a good goal. So, this happened in the second period tonight: Should it've counted? It's commonly assumed that once that whistle blows (or once someone thinks about blowing it), the play is dead and any goals afterward do not count. This year the NHL instituted this rule change: * Rule 38.4 (viii) has been modified to allow broader discretion to Hockey Operations to assist the referees in determining the legitimacy of all potential goals (e.g., to ensure they are "good hockey goals"). The revised Rule will allow Hockey Operations to correct a broader...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 1, 2015

Black & Blue: Blues At Vancouver Canucks Preview

Back To Back action against a playoff team tonight The Blues struggled way too much in what should have been an easy matchup against the Oilers. Tonight, they're right back at it again, only against a much better team. If the Blues get off to yet another slow start, the Canucks are more than capable of seizing control of the game. Everybody on the team needs to get off to a good start, and not let up. Otherwise, they might be the one getting The Call that sends them to Hockey Purgatory (EDM/BUF/etc). The Canuckleheads come into tonight's game with a 6-4-0 record in their last ten games (as...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 1, 2015

Blues At Canucks GameDay Storystream: West Coast Swing Ends Tonight

Tonight's the last of the absurdly late games for a little while. The last time the Blues and Canucks played each other, it was way back in October and it was not a pretty finish for the Blues.Three third-period goals allowed at home is never a good thing, though you can forgive the Blues for wanting to return that favor tonight. Brian Elliott turned in another solid performance last night, so he gets the day off today in favor of Jake Allen. Allen lost for the first time this calendar year in a 5-2 embarrassment last week to the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs are one of the best teams in the...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 1, 2015

Central Division Snapshot 2/28: Pre-Deadline Madness

A look at the central division from 2/21 - 2/27. Records, News, Trades, and Injury updates. This week in the toughest division in the NHL, the Blues were able to hold on to their 2nd position despite a pair of losses.  The Predators are beginning to show signs of vulnerability, Winnipeg and Chicago stock up for the playoff push, and replenish while they battle injuries to key players. The Records: NSH  2 - 1 -1 STL  1- 2 -0 CHI  2 - 2 - 0 WPG 1 - 0 - 2 MIN  2 - 1 - 0 DAL 0 - 2 - 2 COL 2 - 1 - 0 Notable Trades and Roster Moves: Being the week before the trade deadline, not many teams...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 1, 2015

Sunday Links - A Win Is A Win Right?

More Tributes, a Recap of last nights Blues Win, and what to expect for tonight's game. BLUES NEWS: To be quite honest I feel asleep somewhere after the first goal, but Justin42 has your recap of the Blues 2-1 Victory over the Oilers. [STLGT] The opposition felt a bit diffrently about the outcome. Send all the Oilers fans a hug and some chocolate, they could use it. [CNB] CanesAndBluesFan takes a look at the Blues at the Trade Deadline. Seems like a lot of fans believe we need some insurance on the Blue line. [STLGT] The Blues will take the ice again tonight. Their tour of Canada makes a...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 1, 2015

Recap: Blues Slip Past Oilers

Despite the wave, the Blues were able to get out of Edmonton with two points. The Blues continued their streak across Canada tonight as they took on the Edmonton Oilers. Jay "Fun Bobby" Bouwmeester would be playing in his 900th(!) NHL game. So, total shoutout to him for that one. Brian Elliott would once again get the start (wash, rinse, repeat) for the good guys. Ben Scrivens would oppose him in one for the ages. If you're into the slow starts that seemed to have plagued the team here lately.... First Period: As if everyone wasn't trying to fend off sleep to begin with, it was yet another...
The Copper & Blue Feb 28, 2015

Game Thread: Blues @ Oilers - Good Night Sweet Prince

Jeff Petry will be a healthy scratch for tonight's tilt against the St. Louis Blues.
St. Louis Game Time Feb 28, 2015

The Blues at the Trade Deadline

What (if anything) would you do? The Blues are a really good hockey team.  5th in the league in points.  5th in the league in goals for, 5th in goals against, 3rd in goal differential.  Really good, but (maybe) not great.  Do they need to add a piece to make the next step or should they stick with what they have?ForwardsTeams often pick up scoring depth at the deadline.  While the Blues lack a super-star forward like Ovechkin or Crosby, scoring depth is something of which they seem to have plenty.  Still, forwards are going cheap this spring.DefenseThe Blues top-4 is as good as any in...
St. Louis Game Time Feb 28, 2015

Hangin' Tough: Blues At Edmonton Oilers Preview

Blues face an Oilers team with nothing to lose tonight I suppose it goes without saying that playing the Emonton Oilers tonight, on the first night of back-to-backs, is the very definition of a trap game. The Blues will need to stay in the moment and focus on just tonight's game. There are two points to be had, and we cannot afford to squander any. If they don't shoot themselves in the foot, there is no reason we can't take this in regulation and move on to the next game tomorrow. The Blues have the right stuff to win this game. They can't take it for granted, though: every single game will...
The Copper & Blue Feb 28, 2015

Predict The Final Score: Game 63 - Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis Blues

Games 24-44-63, St. Louis makes a nice measuring stick for the Oilers.
St. Louis Game Time Feb 28, 2015

Blues At Oilers GameDay Storystream: Watch Out For Roy, Yakupov

Former Blue Derek Roy has found chemistry with former phenom Nail Yakupov. After an outstanding game Thursday night in which Brian Elliott fought off 30 of the Jets' 31 shots, earning second star of the game, the Blues' goaltender is back in net against the Edmonton Oilers tonight. The Oilers, of course, while being consistently awful over the past heaven knows how many seasons now - they bleed together, don't they? - have the power to drag teams down to their level. The Blues have beaten Edmonton twice already this season, but it hasn't been as easy as you would think. The Oilers have the...

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