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St. Louis Game Time 20 hours ago
Why I Am A Fan of the St. Louis Blues: Thanks a lot, Brett Hull

Why I Am A Fan of the St. Louis Blues: Thanks a lot, Brett Hull

Welcome to the refreshed St. Louis Game Time! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card. We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the best ones across our network as well. Come Fan With Us! It’s almost like the goaltender knew it was coming, and he still couldn’t stop it. Brett Hull on the dot was sex on fire on a...
St. Louis Game Time 22 hours ago
Blues hire Steve Ott as assistant coach, begin off-season with a bang

Blues hire Steve Ott as assistant coach, begin off-season with a bang

Grit! When I suggested that the Blues need to take some forward steps to compete in the Central Division next season, this was not the step I expected them to take. To accompany the hire of former Blue Darryl Sydor as an assistant coach, the Blues signed a three year (!) contract with Steve Ott for his services. Ott, you may remember, irritated the hell out of Mike Yeo’s Minnesota Wild en-route to a first round elimination in 2015. He also got called a rodeo clown by local press. During his career, Ott was often praised as the kind of player that you want on your team, but you hate...
St. Louis Game Time May 25, 2017
Why I Am A Fan of the St. Louis Blues: The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Why I Am A Fan of the St. Louis Blues: The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Hello. My name is Jamie and I am a St. Louis Blues fan. Welcome to the refreshed St. Louis Game Time! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts stlouisgametime.com/fanpost to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card. We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the best ones across our network as well. Come Fan With Us! Hello. My name is Jamie and I am a St. Louis...
St. Louis Game Time May 24, 2017
Beyond Checkerdome #158: Looking Back, Looking Forward

Beyond Checkerdome #158: Looking Back, Looking Forward

We break down the season that was, and look ahead to the offseason - and beyond! At long last, we take a look at the season that just was. We find some positives from the 2016-2017 Blues season, and areas that will need some work. We talk about the assistant coaches that were fired, and also who might replace them. We answer an Enabler question, and speculate about what might happen in the offseason. There are changes coming with our AHL relationship, too. The best news though, is that there is an addition to the family on the way! Give it a listen, eh? For a download link, click...
St. Louis Game Time May 23, 2017
Do the Blues need to follow Nashville’s lead?

Do the Blues need to follow Nashville’s lead?

They need to do something, but what? As the dust settles on the Blues 2016-2017 season, something became apparently clear. This was a transition year. And then it wasn’t. And then it became one again. A team that wasn’t expected to make the playoffs in January excelled down the stretch, showing that some quality pieces were, in fact, in place. The Blues responded to their new coach, Mike Yeo, in a way that few fans expected. They upended the Minnesota Wild in five games before losing in six to the Western Conference’s (possibly literally) golden child, the Nashville Predators. The...
St. Louis Game Time May 16, 2017
Day Of Change For The Blues - Assistant Coaches Let Go, AHL Affiliation Ended

Day Of Change For The Blues - Assistant Coaches Let Go, AHL Affiliation Ended

Blues are well into plans for adjustments for next season and beyond. It’s rare in the history of the St. Louis Blues that May 16th is a date of consequence, and yet today major events unfolded that had nothing to do with Steve Yzerman. Assistant coaches Ray Bennett, Steve Thomas, and Rick Wilson, along with goalie coordinator Ty Conklin, were let go by the organization. In addition, the expansion Vegas Golden Knights announced an affiliation with the AHL Chicago Wolves that effectively ends the same agreement with the Blues. The move means that Vegas will have control over the operations...
St. Louis Game Time May 16, 2017
After successful palace coup, Yeo solidifies power with exile of top lieutenants.

After successful palace coup, Yeo solidifies power with exile of top lieutenants.

St. Louis Blues announced they are releasing four assistant coaches today: Ray “Teflon” Bennett who has been with the team since 2006. Steve Thomas who joined the team less than a year ago. Rick Wilson who had worked as an assistant for Yeo as part of the Wild’s organization before joining Yeo at Scottrade. Ty Conklin who was a former goalie with the Blues from 2009-2011. He joined the Blues as the team’s goalie development coach in 2013. It looks like Armstrong is giving Mike Yeo a chance to start with a fresh group of assistants. At least we will see some fresh faces behind...
St. Louis Game Time May 15, 2017
Let’s play hockey: a definitive* list of St. Louis Blues toys

Let’s play hockey: a definitive* list of St. Louis Blues toys

*it’s not really definitive but I tried. We’ve hit that point in the season: there is no season. Sometimes, there’s nothing else to do but sit and wallow in our annual loss. I wanted to take a different tack, and look at something that sucks people into being fans of this team at an early age: toys. Little kids are impressionable suckers (and so are adults. See: Groot, Baby) and buying them toys of your favorite sports teams are a way to solidify your tyke’s fandom from a very early age. I mean, I had not one but two stuffed Fredbirds as a kid, and look at me now. An adult with a...
Mile High Sticking May 14, 2017

Colorado Avalanche: Exploring a Matt Duchene Trade with St. Louis Blues

Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is likely on his way out this summer, and the St. Louis Blues could be an option. Make no mistake, Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is an elite center. He had an off year last season production-wise, but he still lead the NHL in face-off percentage. That’s an intangible that […] Colorado Avalanche: Exploring a Matt Duchene Trade with St. Louis Blues - Mile High Sticking - Mile High Sticking - A Colorado Avalanche Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
St. Louis Game Time May 13, 2017
Chicago Wolves Crash Out Of The Playoffs

Chicago Wolves Crash Out Of The Playoffs

The race for the Calder Cup has sadly come to an end. What a year it has been. Last season the Wolves were sixth in the Central Division and far off from even contending for a playoff spot. The following year they were atop of their division and one of the more fun teams to watch in the entire AHL. If you’re a Blues fan this season was a true treat a so many rookies made their professional debuts wearing a Wolves uniform. From the likes of Ville Husso, Vince Dunn, Tage Thompson, Jake Walman, and Adam Musil. Not very often you could dress a near starting lineup with nothing but...
St. Louis Game Time May 11, 2017
What’s Next for the Blues?

What’s Next for the Blues?

The transition is dead. Long live the transition. Fresh off the heels of a six-game series loss to Nashville, and with a "transitional" season in the rear-view mirror, an uncomfortable question hangs over the Blues like a thick fog: what will this team transition into? If the answer is "Stanley Cup contender," then the only way to truly square that circle is to obtain a legitimate #1 center. The lack of depth up the middle for the Blues was impossible to ignore. St. Louis lost 393 face-offs in 11 postseason games, ranking dead-last in face-off win percentage among all playoff teams. To...
St. Louis Game Time May 9, 2017
Colton Parayko Needs To Slow Down

Colton Parayko Needs To Slow Down

You have to take a break at some point right? I watch a lot of hockey. That isn't a brag, just stating something that anyone remotely close to me is already aware of. On any given week during the hockey season I’ll watch games from the NHL, AHL, KHL and even an obscure game from Poland. The point I'm trying to make is that watching a ton of hockey isn't taxing on my body. Well besides my sleep schedule occasionally. That isn't the case for defenseman Colton Parayko. The 23 year old continues his almost never ending hockey journey with today’s announcement that he’s joining the...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 29, 2017
Tarasenko/Allen “out-studded” Subban/Rinne in Game 2 win

Tarasenko/Allen “out-studded” Subban/Rinne in Game 2 win

As the rain fell heavily around the St. Louis area Friday afternoon and night, the local Blue Note skaters were able to keep the dark clouds from completely swallowing their season. You know what they say: there comes a time when players are looking at a tee time more than a puck drop, but for the time being, Blues fans can rest assured that those swings are at least a week away. Big times call for big time players, and right when the Blues needed their studs to be great, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jake Allen rose to the challenge in their Game 2 triumph over the ferocious Nashville Predators....
St. Louis Game Time Apr 29, 2017
Beyond Checkerdome Quick Shot - Round 2 Game 2

Beyond Checkerdome Quick Shot - Round 2 Game 2

One (more) goal than the #Perds means a tied series Wouldn't you know it - the Blues stay out of the box, and get a better game result to show for it. Blues tie up the series with a 3-2 regulation win over the #Perds. Jake Allen was solid, but the stories of the night were Vladdy "Stella" Tarasenko getting his groove back, and the amazing resiliency of Colton Parayko. Oh, and Jori Lehtera played too. For a download link, click HERE Thanks for sticking with us, as we stick with the Blues. Keep at it - it’s going to be a hell of a ride. Share your thoughts with us...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 28, 2017
Preds Vs. Blues Round Two, Game Two Recap: To Catch a Predator...

Preds Vs. Blues Round Two, Game Two Recap: To Catch a Predator...

You just need a Russian sniper. Blues Lineup: Forwards: Jaden Schwartz/Paul Stastny/Vladimir Tarasenko Alexander Steen/Patrik Berglund/David Perron Vladimir Sobotka/Jori Lehtera/Ivan Barbashev Scottie Upshall/Kyle Brodziak/Ryan Reaves Defensemen: Jay Bouwmeester/Alex Pietrangelo Joel Edmundson/Colton Parayko Carl Gunnarsson/Robert Bortuzzo Goaltender: Jake Allen Game Highlights: The Blues hit the ice tonight looking to tie the best of seven series at one. James Neal and the Predators had other ideas. Neal puts the Predators up 1-0 after an Alex Pietrangelo turnover. The puck was then shot...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 28, 2017
Predators at Blues game two gameday thread

Predators at Blues game two gameday thread

The Blues need to get the foot on the gas to take this thing to Nashville tied 1-1. Ok, so about 35 minutes of Wednesday’s game was some quality hockey. Let’s aim for sixty minutes straight. When the Blues pushed, they outplayed the Predators. They made Pekka Rinne human. When they didn’t keep their foot on the gas, they sputtered and stood still, making avoidable mistakes and taking unnecessary penalties. Wednesday evening was an opportunity for a lesson to be learned. Let’s hope that they caught on, because the last place that the Blues need to be is in Music City Sunday...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 28, 2017
Predators at Blues Preview: Paajarvi out, Barbashev in

Predators at Blues Preview: Paajarvi out, Barbashev in

It’s an interesting decision by Mike Yeo. If you take a look at the Blues’ lines for today, you’ll notice someone missing: Forwards Jaden Schwartz - Paul Stastny - Vladimir Tarasenko Alexander Steen - Patrik Berglund - David Perron Ivan Barbashev - Jori Lehtera - Vladimir Sobotka Scottie Upshall - Kyle Brodziak - Ryan Reaves Defense Jay Bouwmeester - Alex Pietrangelo Joel Edmundson - Colton Parayko Carl Gunnarsson - Robert Bortuzzo Goalie Jake Allen Yes, that would be Magnus Paajarvi, he of the series winning goal against the Minnesota Wild and a key cog on Vladimir Sobotka’s game...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 28, 2017
Preds at Blues game two: how to watch, stream, or listen

Preds at Blues game two: how to watch, stream, or listen

Flip over to your FM dial. It’s a Friday night in downtown St. Louis, and the Blues and Cardinals are both playing at the same time. The Reds/Cardinals game will be broadcast on KMOX tonight, so flip your dial over to Y98 FM if you’re the listening kind. If you can’t wade through the downtown traffic tonight to make it to the Blues game, no worries. You have options. You have your couch and your TV (NBCSN, 7:00. Be there). You have sports bars. You have the miracle of streaming video feeds. Head to the NBC Sports Live Extra app on your phone or tablet tonight, or if you’re a...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 28, 2017
Lighting the Lamp: Predators at Blues game two

Lighting the Lamp: Predators at Blues game two

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. Lighting the Lamp With Rick Ackerman It’s been a tough eighteen years for the fans of the Nashville Predators. Starting NHL play in 1998, the Predators did not qualify for postseason play their first five seasons, and when they finally did, in 2004, they were knocked out in the first round by Detroit. After the lockout, Nashville qualified three consecutive years, only to be...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 28, 2017
Predators at Blues game two morning open thread

Predators at Blues game two morning open thread

Play a full 60. Ok, so Wednesday night could’ve gone better. The Blues played a perfectly fine first period, forgot that the game resumed during the second, and finally caught on during the third only to have this happen: Vernon Fiddler, playoff hero. Let’s not have that again. There’s nothing more deflating than staging a comeback (that, had the Blues bothered to play the entire game wouldn’t’ve been necessary) then having it end due to an absolutely terrible sequence. The key to tonight’s game? Show up. Speaking of showing up, make sure that you guys show up for your gameday...

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