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St. Louis Game Time 5 hours ago

With Paul Stastny Injured, Steve Ott Is The New Vladimir Sobotka

Paul Stastny's out, so the Blues' fourth-liner is being asked to take on a larger role. To be fair, the situations between Steve Ott's usage right now and Vladimir Sobotka's last season are different. Sobotka was utilized as a spark plug to get lines going, and as a face-off winner to drive possession. So is Ott. Sobotka was placed in inexplicable places like the top six and the powerplay when players are healthy. Ott has been placed in the top six - right now the top line - due to the injury to Paul Stastny and the flu of Jori Lehtera. But there is something about seeing Ott on the top...
St. Louis Game Time 11 hours ago

Wednesday Links - One Good Way To Ruin Your Teeth

There were ten games and some of our least favorites lost in kinda hilarious fashion (LOL Red Wings, LOL Avs), but you gotta see how this one woman is able to pry open the WHOLE top of a beer can with her teeth. Hence, today's title. Enjoy! These long layoffs are bullshit. BLUES NEWS: Richard posted Volume Two of his Replacements series yesterday. And of course he HAD to do it before yesterday's Maple Leafs game (more on that later . . . involves an old friend!) . . . go figure! [SLGT] The injury bug seems to have struck early this season. We'll see what that foretells for the rest of the...
St. Louis Game Time 23 hours ago

The Replacements: Volume 2

Comparing the new faces with those who left us For the purpose of this article, I will be comparing the arrivals and departures from our roster. This isn't to mean that the player coming in will take the departing players exact role. I will compare most players as a group, rather than as a player vs player comparison. The exception to this rule will be players who are obviously and easily comparable. Such as Ryan Miller and Jake Allen. This will be a reoccurring article throughout the season. Every month I will look at how these formerBlues are playing and compare it to how our new Blues...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 21, 2014
Tuesday Links - Look Ma, No Hands!

Tuesday Links - Look Ma, No Hands!

Links, you got it. And I have a stupid human trick for you because that's our theme. And this one may truly be stupid, but it's still impressive. Almost literally nothing happened in the NHL yesterday. Did the offseason return or some shit, and no one told anyone? And yes, Jason, I figured "hick-ster" was an endearing term. But the fact that I AM one now is partially my upbringing's fault and DEFINITELY (in part) my wife's fault. (LOVE YOU DEAR!) BLUES NEWS: Petteri Lindbohm, by all accounts, was solid in his NHL debut on Sunday, despite the team sucking out loud. He was sent back to the...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 20, 2014

Monday Links: Fake Punting, Ratification, and Butt Plugs

Monday morning links - get 'em while they're hot! So it looks like I'm going to be your regular Monday linker from now on. Sweet action! BLUES NEWS: The Blues action last night was not so sweet, losing 3-0 to the Ducks. I didn't just cap it, I recaped it! [SLGT] Here's the perspective of last night from Disneyland's point of view. [Anaheim Calling] It's a little past prime now, but our Beyond Checkerdome compadres Tim & Tyler were guests on the BOGcast ("Black-Orange-Gold" podcast) to preview the Ducks-Blues game. They did a good job - and we actually play Anaheim again in 10 days, so...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 20, 2014
Recap: Blues Forced to Play Ducks During The Walking Dead, Protest By Playing Like Walkers; Lose 3-0

Recap: Blues Forced to Play Ducks During The Walking Dead, Protest By Playing Like Walkers; Lose 3-0

Blues catch the flu, can't handle a back-to-back in Anaheim. Again. Some nights you're the hammer, and some nights half of your team catches  the flu on the back half of a back-to-back on the road against one of the best teams in the NHL. Coming off a thorough beating of the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday night, the Blues hopped back to the greater LA area to play the Anaheim Ducks. The Blues two biggest offseason additions - centers Paul Stastny and Jori Lehtera - had to sit out due to injury/flu, so the roster was largely the same to take the ice as went 0-3 last year against the...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 19, 2014

"Game Time" Prospect Sunday: ON THE HORIZON, Oct. 19, 2014

A look ahead at the upcoming schedule for all Blues' prospects outside the North American pro ranks... European leagues, major junior, and NCAA. . . .. VILLE HUSSO, G/L, 6-03 / 205, 02-06-95 ... 11 GP, 653 MINS, 24 GA / 281 SA, 2.20 / 91.5%, 7-3-0-1, 2 SO . DATE ... OPPONENT TIME VENUE TU 10-21-14 at KAL PA KUPIO Europe Data Group Areena, Kuopio, FIN FR 10-24-14 at SPORT VAASA Europe Vaasa Areena, Vaasa, FIN SA 10-25-14 at LUKKO RAUMA Europe Kivikylän Areena, Rauma, FIN . . .. SANTERI SAARI, D/L, 6-02 / 191, 10-18-94 ... 9 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 10 PM, 0...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 19, 2014

Blues At Anaheim Ducks GameDay Storystream: Quack Attack

Wait, I thought Ducks were supposed to be friendly? Solid game in Phoenix Glendale, Arizona guys, but there's no time to bask in that success. Tonight the Blues are back at it with a game against the mighty Ducks of Anaheim (but not Mighty Ducks). The Ducks lost their season opener in Pittsburgh, but have gone on to win the next 4 in a row, including their own home opener Friday night against the Wild. Winning streaks are not new to Anaheim - you may recall that last year Anaheim had several such streaks. They had two streaks that ran 8 games or more, and had a few shorter ones. In...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 19, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY: TRENDING UP, Oct. 19, 2014

Scorers gonna score... and four kids drafted to do just that, got the job done this week. Plus, Petteri Lindbohm jumps from the Finnish junior league to the NHL in less than a year. Here's your "Fab Five" for the week in the Blues' prospect stable. By Brian Weidler, "Game Time" Prospect Department ___________________________________________________________________________ THREE STAR SELECTIONS FOR THE WEEK ENDING 10-18-14 *** FIRST Star *** ** SECOND Star ** * THIRD Star * Ty RATTIE Mackenzie MACEACHERN Samuel BLAIS Chicago (AHL) Michigan State (Big 10) Victoriaville...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 19, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY for October 19, 2014

The Chicago Wolves are shining in both ends of the rink in the early going... the defense has allowed just five goals in four games, while the offense has struck gold 14 times in that span. Further to the north and west, the Alaska Aces have gotten off to a rough start in their defense of the 2014 Kelly Cup. TRANSACTIONS Date Link Details . 10-18-14 LINK D PETTERI LINDBOHM recalled from Chicago (AHL) to St. Louis (NHL). ============================================================ INJURY REPORT Date Link Details . 10-19-14 LINK D JOEL EDMUNDSON and D JANI...
Anaheim Calling Oct 19, 2014
Blues @ Ducks Preview: The First Big Western Test

Blues @ Ducks Preview: The First Big Western Test

The St. Louis Blues are in California, and that can only mean one thing: the Ducks are in for an extremely physical test that will really gauge how well they will fare against a dominant possession team. The first homestand of the season continues with what I would consider the first big Western Conference test for the Anaheim Ducks this season: the St. Louis Blues. Obviously the Minnesota Wild gave Anaheim a little more trouble than I would have imagined and likewise than I think they should have but the Ducks still squeaked out a win somehow. The St. Louis Blues are not the Minnesota Wild...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 19, 2014

Recap: Jaden Schwartz Neuters Desert Dogs; Blues Beat Coyotes 6-1

Jaden Schwartz is good at hockey. The rest of the Blues aren't bad either, at least tonight they weren't. Jaden Schwartz makes me feel things. After a particularly frustrating loss in LA on Thursday night, the Blues took their game into the desert in hopes to take their goal scoring woes out on the newly rechristened Arizona Coyotes. They did exactly that, and more in whipping the Yotes by a final score of 6-1, led by Schwartzie's first career hat trick and a power play that went 4/4. The game got off to an unfortunate start, as Paul Stastny got hit by a couple...odd hits on his first...
Five For Howling Oct 19, 2014

St. Louis Blues vs Arizona Coyotes recap: where's the defense?

The St. Louis Blues defeated the Arizona Coyotes 6-1 on Saturday night. The definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting a different result. Well the Arizona Coyotes must be insane as early game struggles and mind-boggling defensive lapses did them in for the second time in four games, falling to the St. Louis Blues 6-1. In fact, they did much of the same against Edmonton Oilers in a 7-4 win on Wednesday but were bailed out by a team that may be the league's worst. The Coyotes are yet to score first in a game this season. The Coyotes are yet to correct...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 18, 2014

Doggystyle: Blues At Arizona Coyotes Preview

"What's My Name?" "Arizona, dammit... remember, it's Arizona now" After a tough loss to the Kings, the Blues now travel to the desert to face the Arizona Coyotes. After a change of ownership last year, and an additional partner this year, hopefully the Coyotes can focus on just ice hockey this year. If we think we've had it up to *here* with ownership/relocation drama, I'm sure it's immeasurably worse for the local fans. There is a 5-year out clause with Glendale and the arena, so they may still drop it like it's hot, but for now the Yotes are here to stay. It'll be refreshing to just worry...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 18, 2014

Blues At Coyotes Morning Open Thread: Jake Allen Debuts

The Blues' talented goalie of tomorrow will start tonight against the Arizona Coyotes. Jake Allen hasn't played yet this season, so you know that he's itching to get in net and show that he can compete with Brian Elliott. After Elliott's stellar performance against the Los Angeles Kings for his 17th shutout, Allen has some big skates to fill. Playing against the Arizona Coyotes tonight should give him a good chance to get acclimated to the crease. Tonight's Opponent: Arizona Coyotes blog Five For Howling So far the Coyotes are 2-1 and managed to beat the Kings in OT and (like...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 18, 2014

Saturday Links: Beer Flood

Links? Where we're going, we won't need links!......but until we get there, here are some links. For the record, DK, "hick-ster" was meant endearingly. BLUES NEWS: For the first time this year, the Blues will be backstopped by Jake Allen. Go get 'em, Mr. The Snake! [STLToday] Our pal David Rogers thinks the Blues were still missing That Killer Instinct against the Kings Thursday night. I don't know if that's how I'd phrase it, but good points are made. [Frozen Notes] "If you [continue to] shoot it, goals will come." [Fox Sports] Thursday night Early Friday morning, I mentioned how...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 17, 2014

Friday Links - Barrel-Racing Dachshund

Let's forget last night happened for a little bit . . . except for the time when I remind you that last night happened . . . and watch another adorable dachshund be awesome. Oh, and it's FRIDAY. If Jonathan Quick comes down with a sudden case of food poisoning, remember . . . it wasn't any of us. BLUES NEWS: The Blues out-Corsi'd the ever-loving FUCK out of Corsi-darlings, the Kings, last night. But they couldn't get any of their 43 shots past Jonathan Quick, and Jeff Carter scored the lone shootout goal by either side to give the Kings a 1-0 win. AND WE HAVE A RECAP! By my links...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 17, 2014

Blues Dominate Kings 0-0, Lose In Sideshow Because Why Not?

Blues control the game in LA for 65 minutes, but can't solve Jonathan Quick. Quite a lot was made last year of the Blues' struggles with the three California teams, going 1-8 combined against the Kings, Ducks, and Sharks in 2013-14. In many cases the Blues had trouble even competing with those opponents, with 4 of those 8 losses being by 3 or more goals. Tonight (or early this morning for some of you) the Blues not only proved they could play with the defending California State Champions (and also the Stanley Cup I guess), they beat the Kings at their own game: puck possession....
St. Louis Game Time Oct 16, 2014

Beyond Checkerdome #56: Needs More Umlauts

Episode 56 is ready for more ice time Oops, we did it again! It's another longer episode of Beyond Checkerdome. Finally, we have real games that really matter to talk about! We cover those first two games, the opening night Blues roster, some of the cuts that were made, and who's actually playing with who. Also, we cover an interesting theory about Brian Elliott, and answer a listener's email about #FancyStats. All that, and more! Give it a listen, eh? For a download link, click HERE As always, we appreciate the feedback we get, and the questions like the one we tackled...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 16, 2014

It's Now Or Never: Blues At LA Kings Preview

Game 3 of the new season, First road game... defending Cup Champs. Swell Here we are, just the third game of the season for the St Louis Blues, and we are already facing our nemesis opponent in the LA Kings. The Kings opened the season at home, raising the 2014 Cup Champion banner (and lowering the Cup itself) before losing to the Sharks 4-0. Afterwards, they lost in OT to the Coyotes and then won two games in a row, beating Winnipeg and Edmonton. In those last two games, they scored 10 goals and allowed only 2. Of course, that was against the Jets and Oilers, not exactly the cream of the...

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