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Dallas Stars Open Preseason with 4-3 Win Over St. Louis Blues

Fights. Goals. Fuzzy green things. Hockey was back in full force at the AAC Monday night. Ah, it's good to be back, is it not? The crowd certainly thought so as their Dallas Stars exploded in the third period for three quick tallies to thunder the home team past the St. Louis Blues by a score of 4-3. It was a youthful night in Dallas featuring Jason Dickinson, Julius Honka, Remi Elie, Brendan Ranford, Jamie Oleksiak, Curtis McKenzie, Jyrki Jokipakka and others. And yes, the shiny new toys in Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky were there as well. Youth was served early, or rather, it served its...
Stars vs. Blues Line Combos & Game Notes: Jason Spezza, Ales Hemsky to make Preseason Debut

Stars vs. Blues Line Combos & Game Notes: Jason Spezza, Ales Hemsky to make Preseason Debut

Exciting young defenseman Julius Honka will also be on the ice tonight in the first live hockey game of the year. Note: Tonight's game will be streamed live on DallasStars.com with Josh Bogorad, Bruce LeVine and Owen Newkirk providing play by play and color commentary. Unfortunately, the stream is only limited to those in Texas. The Dallas Stars first preseason game of the year is on Monday night at home against the St. Louis Blues, and the team had a morning skate for those playing followed by a practice session for those that will be held out. The team will have four games over the next...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 21, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY: TRENDING UP, Sept. 21, 2014

Your weekly look at five Blues’ prospects who have exceeded expectations over the last seven days. By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department ___________________________________________________________________________ THREE STAR SELECTIONS FOR THE WEEK ENDING 09-27-14 *** FIRST Star *** ** SECOND Star ** * THIRD Star * Ville HUSSO Robbie FABBRI Ty RATTIE HIFK Helsinki (Liiga) St. Louis (TC Prospect) St. Louis (TC Prospect) ** 4 games played this week ** 3 games played this week ** 4 games played this week ** 231 mins, 4 GA, 3-0-0 ** 4 G, 1 A, plus-minus...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 21, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY for September 21, 2014

2014 draftee Robbie Fabbri and second-year pro Ty Rattie took care of the offense, but the Baby Blues' defense in Traverse City was nothing to write home about. Swedish import netminder Niklas Lundström outplayed the more highly-regarded Jordan Binnington, and picked up the Blues' only win at the 2014 Traverse City Prospect Tournament. The Blues' prospects did not fare particularly well in Traverse City this year. After dropping their first two games in overtime to Detroit and Minnesota, respectively, and then getting humiliated by the Columbus Blue Jackets Jarmo Kekalainen and John...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 21, 2014

Sunday Links: Psudo-Hockey Begins

Some Blues will kind of play hockey a little bit tonight. Get yourself kinda-sorta pumped. You could argue that today is a gameday. And you're not wrong, per say...but... BLUES NEWS: Joakim Lindstrom is back from Sweden and ready to sit in the press box contribute in the NHL. [STLToday] TEAM STL! w00t! [Frozen Notes] I have no idea what the fuck this is, but it is a combination of awesome and probably disgusting. Right up my street! [imgur] How will some of the new rules affect the Blues? [SLGT] Ken Hitchcock apparently thinks the Blues can't win in the playoffs because we aren't...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 20, 2014

Ken Hitchcock Isn't Concerned About Playoffs Right Now

The Blues coach is in "training camp mode." In case you've missed it, the Blues' Schwartz-less training camp is underway, and the team's first pre-season game is tomorrow night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Some people deride camp and pre-season as "fake hockey;" I prefer to see it as an evaluative time period and one in which coach Ken Hitchcock can mix up the lines to his heart's content, hopefully working that temptation out of his system before the season starts. That last part never comes true. Regardless of the meanings of training camp, the Post-Dispatch's Joe Strauss talked...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 20, 2014

New NHL Rules For 2014-2015: OT and Shootouts

The rules changes for the upcoming season have been released. How will they affect the Blues? A recent conversation with Hildymac yielded a couple of interesting questions, so it seemed like a good idea to bring them out here for public conversation. Among the changes this this year, there are two notable changes with how Overtime and Shootouts are run. First, there is what happens in Overtime (copied from the Puck Daddy article): Rule 84 – Overtime * Teams will switch ends prior to the start of overtime in the regular season. * The entire ice surface will undergo a "dry scrape" prior...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 20, 2014
Saturday Links: Pens Bring Sexy Back

Saturday Links: Pens Bring Sexy Back

Click links. You didn't need these at 6 am on a Saturday anyway, did you? Did you really? BLUES NEWS: For the second straight year, Ryan Whitney has been invited to Blues camp. Holy shnikes, is there a ton of competition for the bottom few roster spots! And then there's Paul Bissonnette. [Blues] Hitch let the Blues sleep in on the first day of practices, which didn't start until 3. Oh sleeping in - one of the few things I love more than hockey. [STLToday] The Blues are the 11th best franchise in all North American sports. Cool. [ESPN] Part 2 of Why WOWY Won't Warrant...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 19, 2014

WOWY Is Worthless: Part 2

WOWY is worthless. It's things we know from Corsi plus a big dose of statistical noise. In Part 2, I use WOWG (With or Without Goalie) to look at WOWY. Before I get into the comparison of WOWY to WOWG, let me first review WOWY a little. In part 1, I defined WDiff as (Corsi With) – (Corsi Without). Across the league, there are 24,875 valid WOWY pairs. In part 2 and part 3, for convenience I'm going to use Corsi%, so I threw out any pair that had either 0 events With or 0 events Without. Since small sample sizes are a problem, I also looked at the pairs that had at least 100 events With...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 19, 2014
Friday Links: Obnoxious and Disliked

Friday Links: Obnoxious and Disliked

Army is all like "Schwartzie who?" Scotland's all like "meh, I'm good." The Kings are all like "*fart noise*" Georgetown is all like "keep your balls out of my pizza!" And John Adams is all like "MURIKA! FUCK YEAH!" Hey, you know what'd be cool? If you guys got to click links all weekend long! Let's try that, shall we? BLUES NEWS: IT'S CAMP TIME! Did everyone bring their 'smore-making equipment? Here's what happened on day one. [Blues] Still no Jaden Schwartz - and if you ask Doug Armstrong about it, he'll stick his fingers in his ears and make the "la-la" sound. [Pro Hockey...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 18, 2014

WOWY Is Worthless: Part 1

WOWY is pretty worthless. It's things we know from Corsi plus a big dose of statistical noise. In Part 1, I use a card shuffling model to look at the amount of randomness in WOWY. We know a lot about the Blues players without using WOWY. Looking at the Blues Corsi results for last season we see: ...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 18, 2014
Beyond Checkerdome #52: The Boys Are Back In Town

Beyond Checkerdome #52: The Boys Are Back In Town

There's just something about that New Season Smell Merry Camp-mas Eve !!! The players are flying in, skating in optional sessions, filling in their "My Name Is ____" nametags ... .It's all about to kick off! This week we talk about the fresh ice at Scottrade (aka DrinkScotch), the Traverse City tournament - and some surprise names there, plus the new rules in the upcoming season. Also, some continuing grumpiness (but no panic) over Jaden Schwartz not signing yet, and a new head of the Department of Player Safety.... and a few more odds and ends! Give it a listen, eh? ...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 15, 2014
bc testing

bc testing

test test test this is only a test... this will hopefully put an embedded player on the blog post article thingy. wouldn't that be cool? well, here we go: Nice, eh? Here's the alternative, just to see what it looks like:
St. Louis Game Time Sep 15, 2014

St. Louis Game Time Fantasy Hockey Update

Spots have been cleared for new additions to the leagues! Excitement! All right - I've dumped the teams who haven't renewed in all of the leagues, so come on and sign up if you'd like. SLGT A League (six available slots): Draft Date is September 17th at 7:30 Central SLGT B League(three available slots): Draft Date is September 23rd at 7:30 Central SLGT C League (two available slots): Draft date is October 1st at 7:30 Central SGLT Keeper League (three available slots): Draft date is September 25th at 7:30 Central First come, first serve, obviously. Get these empty slots filled up so we...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 15, 2014
Monday Open Bar - A Bearable Cat Video

Monday Open Bar - A Bearable Cat Video

Belly up to this open bar and find out more about Joakim Lindstrom and other stuff and things. Oh, and a cat video that isn't really all that cute, but is totally bearable. Did you have a great weekend? Well that's good, because I don't care. Belly up to the bar and enjoy these abbreviated links: LINKS: Joakim Lindstrom is older and, he hopes, wiser on his return to North America . . . he'll be fighting for ice time on a strong Blues squad that is, suddenly, deep down the middle. [In The Slot / Lou Korac] Jeff Schultz didn't even notice his Kings sweater was misspelled. Poor guy. (Or,...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 15, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY, Sept. 14. 2014

Prospects in Traverse City drop first two games in OT; new goalie prospect Ville Husso off to a great start in Finnish Elite League. Well, it IS still technically Sunday... plus, I'm two hours behind my St. Louis friends. The Blues' prospects have not been doing very well in Traverse City, dropping their first two games in overtime to Detroit and Minnesota, respectively. Following are the links to the box scores (such as they are) on the Blues' website: Blues 5, Detroit 6 (OT), Sep. 12, 2014 Blues 3, Minnesota 4 (OT), Sep. 13, 2014 As you can see, the box scores aren;t very complete; no...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 14, 2014

Sunday Links: Jori Keeps It Fresh

Click some links while you wait to watch football, or while you wait to tell people you refuse to watch football. What's this? Links? Surely you can't be serious! I am serious, and don't call me surely. Call me Shirley. BLUES NEWS: Jaden Schwartz is officially the longest unsigned RFA of Doug Armstrong's tenure. Is that a problem? (Spoiler alert: not really, no.) [SLGT] Jori Lehtera likes being in St. Louis. Jori Lehtera loves shopping for groceries in St. Louis. "Everything is fresh!" [Frozen Notes] Jake Allen's fortunes are going to be a huge factor in the Blues' success this...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 12, 2014
Blues Announce Public Dates, Rosters For Training Camp

Blues Announce Public Dates, Rosters For Training Camp

Brace yourselves - hockey season is getting close! The Blues've released the dates and rosters for the 2014 training camp. These are the dates that are open to the public; most sessions will be downtown at Scottrade Center. The full camp roster can be found at STLBlues.com. If you're free this morning, head down at 10:30 to the Ice Zone at the St. Louis Outlet Mall and say hi to Paul Stastny. Mark your calendars accordingly. Training Camp Dates Open to the Public Sept. 20 - Scottrade Center Group A: 1-3 p.m. Group B: 3-5 p.m. Sept. 21 - Scottrade Center Group A: 9:30-10:30...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 11, 2014
NHL Rule Changes: Trapezoid Gets Bigger, Spin-o-Rama Gone

NHL Rule Changes: Trapezoid Gets Bigger, Spin-o-Rama Gone

The league's released its usual rule changes. This year goaltender mobility, fun, and penalties are the focus. Remember how much fun spin-o-rama goals were (if they were done by someone on your team)? Remember how pissed off goalies got when they happened? Good times. They're gone now, and the Martin Brodeur rule has gotten smaller, much unlike its namesake. Here're the list of proposed rule changes effective for the 2014-2015 NHL season. From NHL.com: Rule 1.8 – Rink - Goalkeeper's Restricted Area The trapezoid will be expanded by two feet from the goal post on both sides of the...
St. Louis Game Time Sep 11, 2014

Thursday Links - Yes, There Are Blues Links

Some good links today, but it's just so damn exciting to have ACTUAL BLUES LINKS and shit. So definitely click on those. And all the others. And enjoy your weekend. No, seriously, there are Blues links in this post. Quite a few of them, actually. Oh, and sorry yesterday's video didn't work. Apparently the old format of YouTube video embedding doesn't work on SBN anymore. I'll try to figure that one out next week or something, because I totally want to show it to you folks. But anyway . . . we carry on. BLUES NEWS: Robb did a quick post showing the dataviz for each team's Goals For at...

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