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St. Louis Game Time 11 hours ago

Hey, Game Time: Let's Send A Card To Al Arbour

The former Blues great is fighting through his greatest challenge. Let's send him some support. Al Arbour is one of the greatest to ever coach a hockey game, and Blues fans know what the franchise lost when the team fired him in 1972, another casualty - like Scotty Bowman - of Sid Solomon III. Bowman recounts that the team told him that "Al is a good sergeant, but he’s not a general," which may be the greatest underestimation of a coach in NHL history. Dan O'Neill has written a beautiful write-up of Arbour's achievements, both with the Blues and with the New York Islanders, the team he's...
St. Louis Game Time 20 hours ago

Recap: Blues Gain and Lose All In One Game

Shattenkirk Returns But Blues Lose Steen and Game The St. Louis Blues celebrated the return of their slick puck handling defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk but even his return couldn't elevate the team to a better result then what has transpired lately. The Blues suffered two blows early on as TJ Oshie was scratched due to illness before the game and Alex Steen would leave early in the first with a lower body injury and would not return. Pair that with a rusty Shattenkirk and the Blues were a stride behind the whole night. The first period continued to be the bane of the Blues as they yet again...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 28, 2015

Blue Jackets At Blues Game Preview: Elliott In Net

The Blues begin a homestand with Elliott ensconced as their starter. We know that Carl Gunnarsson and Kevin Shattenkirk are back in tonight. Shatty in particular seems pretty happy about returning to the line-up just in time for that last push to the playoffs. He may not be able to wait for that first hit, but I think that until he makes it through the game 100% unscathed, we'll all be cringing every time someone goes after him. The power play has needed him; it hasn't produced at the same level without a defenseman who, before he was injured, was among tops in powerplay points and points...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 28, 2015

Memorabilia Memories: Garage League

You might recognize the "Memorabilia Memories" (formerly "Lighting the Lamp") feature from the Game Time paper. Rick Ackerman has been nice enough to send over his column for the website. "Memorabilia Memories" will be featured every home game day. Memorabilia Memories, with Rick Ackerman This article was originally going to be a tribute to the Blues Jackets' Nationwide Arena in Columbus and the wonderful fan experience there, yet I am still dismayed and distressed by the officiating debacle in Detroit last Sunday. So, instead, I will devote this column to explaining how and why...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 28, 2015

Blue Jackets At Blues GameDay Storystream: Healthy For The Stretch

The team hopefully will take advantage of being at full strength tonight against a rolling Columbus team. I would be remiss in beginning this post without thanking the Blue Jackets for their victory over the Chicago Blackhawks last night. The NHL's a league where everything evens up in the end, but taking three days off can see your team go from this: To this (as of 10:06 Central last night): No worries. A win tonight and a Nashville loss to the Capitals will help the Blues get back to the top slot in the Central, at the least. A Ducks loss to the Islanders this afternoon means...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 28, 2015

Saturday Links - Shatty's Back, Back Again, Tell A Friend

May I have your attention please? Will the real Slim Shatty please stand up? 4 AM Pacific time is a very weird time for my brain to write links and it makes strange connections to Eminem and Kevin Shattenkirk. Who knew? Blues News: The Blues will pack an added 1 2 punch in the defense department as not only do they get Kevin back but Carl Gunnarsson will be back as well. Sadly Gunnar's name does not fit into Eminem Lyrics. [STLToday] Jim Corsi: The man behind #FancyStats, Sort of. Stick Tap to CCR (and DK) for the link. [TGM] The now infamous broken stick goal was discussed with a few...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 27, 2015

Chris Pronger's Induction To Hockey Hall of Fame Paved By By-Law Changes

One of the greatest defensemen the game has seen won't have to wait out the remainder of his contract on LTIR to be inducted into the hall. Chris Pronger will never play another game in the NHL. After a horriffic injury in 2011 ended his playing career and brought concussion issues, Pronger hasn't retired due to salary cap penalties that would be incurred by the Flyers if he did. He is, for all intents and purposes, a player scout for his final team. His contract isn't ready to come off of the books until 2017, so he would have to wait five years from today to be considered for...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 27, 2015

Friday Links - McLinks

McDonald's does Black Sabbath. And other things to click. BLUES NEWS: Kevin Shattenkirk and Carl Gunnarsson could be back Saturday night against Columbus. YAY!!! [SLGT] The Major Junior playoffs started last night, and the NCAA Division I tournament starts tonight. Brian goes over the Blues' prospects involved in all four tournaments. [SLGT] HOCKEY NEWS: Eleven games last night. [NHL.com 3/26/15] Three games tonight. [NHL.com 3/27/15] A new women's hockey league, the NWHL, promises to pay its' players. [Puck Daddy] Hockey Hall of Fame bylaws have been changed and Chris Pronger is...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 26, 2015

Kevin Shattenkirk, Carl Gunnarsson To Return Saturday Night

The Blues will have two of their top defensemen back for the stretch run. It's about damn time. From today's Morning Skate, via stltoday.com: Shattenkirk, who has missed seven weeks with an abdominal injury that required surgery, could be back in the lineup when the Blues return to the ice Saturday against Columbus. But it will depend on whether he makes it through Friday's practice. "We gave him a very aggressive cardio test (Wednesday) that he passed, so he's gotten through the conditioning side of things," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Now it's full contact and full absorption of...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 26, 2015

Major Junior Playoffs Get Started Tonight

Ivan Barbashev and the Moncton Wildcats will be in action on the opening night of the QMJHL playoffs. All of the Blues' major junior prospects will see playoff action this spring, and that kicks off tonight with the QMJHL playoffs. Blue-chip prospect Ivan Barabashev and the Moncton Wildcats open the post-season by hosting les Sagueneens de Chicoutimi at the Moncton (NB) Coliseum tonight, 6:00 PM Atlantic Time (or in about three hours from the time of this post). Tomorrow night, Two of the three Western League teams with Blues' prospects will open their playoff schedules. Zach Pochiro and...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 26, 2015

Thursday Links - Death!

Come in and have a Jack Eichel. And learn about historic deaths. BLUES NEWS: The Blues were interested in Joffrey Lupul at the trade deadline. [SLGT] Beyond Checkerdome presents Episode #79: RELEASE THE CRACKNELL! [SLGT] The Blues sent Petteri Lindbohm down to the Wolves. Kevin Shattenkirk has been cleared to play Saturday. [SLGT] HOCKEY NEWS: Three games last night. [NHL.com 3/25/15] Eleven games tonight. [NHL.com 3/26/15] Andrew Miller got his first NHL point, assisting on Martin Marincin's first NHL goal/point. How do you commemorate both of these firsts? Slice the puck in...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 25, 2015

Shattenkirk To Return Soon? Blues Send Lindbohm To AHL

The Blues have made their decision on who the odd defenseman out is. It must be hard to be the youngest guy on a team chock full of NHL caliber defenseman. It was expected when Kevin Shattenkirk returned from injury that one of the guys would be sent down to clear space for him. Unfortunately for Petteri Lindbohm, Chris Butler's ahead of him on the depth chart. Basically, you get praise from all corners for your excellent caliber of praise, and then you get sent to the Chicago Wolves. In the last 11 games Petteri Lindbohm has played in, the Blues have a record of 8-1-2. #StlBlues —...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 25, 2015

Beyond Checkerdome #79: Release The Cracknell!

The latest episode is up and is still wondering what happened in OT? Hello Blues fans! We're back with another episode of Beyond Checkerdome! Now echo-free!! This week, we cover the first and only #79 in Blues history. There were some pretty interesting names in his draft round, (you'll see what I mean) and we're glad to have him back. We recap the last home game, and then the road trip thus far. We recorded this after the Detroit game, so... you can bet we have some thoughts on THAT. Other topics and tangents: the trouble with evaluating goalies, #FirstPlaceProblems, officiating, our...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 25, 2015

Blues Were Interested In Joffrey Lupul At Trade Deadline

According to Darren Dreger, the Blues kicked the tires on the Leafs' left winger. This is an interesting tidbit from TSN's Darren Dreger. He was on TSN 1050 in Toronto Tuesday morning, discussing the Leafs' rebuild that will continue this summer. The topic of interest in Joffrey Lupul came up, as you would expect. What you may not expect is that the Blues were in on it. Via Nichols On Hockey: "I don’t think there’s going to be teams lining up for Lupul, but I know that there are teams who have some interest. "The St. Louis Blues, for an example, are a team that expressed some interest...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 25, 2015

Wednesday Links - Happy Birthday To Me

I'm feeling thankful for the small things today. Or something. Ray Shero and Jim Rutherford sure know how to pick 'em, don't they? BLUES NEWS: All three Blues goals included points by former Penguins, including the game-winner by Alexander Steen (assisted by Zbynek Michalek), as The Note take down the Pens at the New Igloo in overtime 3-2. Justin has your recap. [SLGT] The folks from PensBurgh . . . well, surely they didn't like the proceedings as much. [PensBurgh] Top team in the Western Conference, for now? The Blues. Nice. [SLGT FanShots] Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan Reaves have a pretty...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 24, 2015

Recap Penguins Vs. Blues: Baby Come Back

Former Penguins help beat current Penguins. After a horrible loss on the national network, the St. Louis Blues traveled to Pittsburgh tonight to take on the Sidney Crosby's Penguins. Jake Allen would get the start for our guys. On the other side, Marc-Andre Fleury would get the start for the bad guys. Lineup for the Blues would stay the same for the top two lines. The third line would consist of Berglund/Stastny/Porter. While the fourth line would see the combination of Ott/Goc/Reaves. Familiar faces for us Blues fans as Ian Cole, David Perron and Maxim Lapierre were all in the lineup...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 24, 2015

Wasting Light: Blues At Pittsburgh Penguins Preview

The road trip concludes with the flightless birds of Pittsburgh This road trip finally comes to an end, with the final stop being in Pittsburgh. The Penguins are in a similar situation as the Blues these days. They've had a rough patch in their season (4-5-1 in their last 10 games) and are dearly missing a star player. They are coming off of a win against Arizona on Saturday night, but that win snapped a 4-game losing streak where they had only scored 2 goals and gave up 11. While currently in decent playoff position, the Pens are feeling a little heat from the teams under them,...
PensBurgh Mar 24, 2015

Pens Points: Blues Game Day

7 pm EDT, TVA, FS-MW, ROOT Good morning one and all, The Pens play the St. Louis Blues tonight in their final matchup this season. Here is a full game preview. [NHL.com] Here is Seth Rorabaugh's chat with Robert Bortuzzo a few weeks after he'd been traded to the Blues. [PPG] Kris Letang is the Pens nominee for the Masterton award, and he's a more than deserving candidate. [Penguins.com] Ilya Kovalchuk is supposedly eyeing an NHL comeback. I don't see how it could be anything other than a rumor, but stranger things have happened. [TSN] Sens drop Sharks and move into a playoff spot ahead of...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 24, 2015

Blues At Penguins Morning Open Thread: End Of The Road (Trip)

The Blues long six game road trip ends tonight in the Steel City. Tonight we'll get a chance to see Ian Cole, Maxim Lapierre, and David Perron in action. Feel the rush. The Blues will also try to finish this road trip on a high note that involves fewer bad bounces and fewer stupid penalties. Sure, the penalty kill's good, but how about the team doesn't tire themselves out by taking six penalties a game? As Steve Ott told Lou Korac: "Now for us to grab it in here and really kind of go downhill with this and be a top penalty killing team in the last few months, that's important. Key to...
St. Louis Game Time Mar 24, 2015

Tuesday Links - Pancake Rap

Jake the Snake gets the call, the Sharks are terrible, a genius eats insects and a white dude raps about pancakes. Four losses in a row would . . . not be cool. BLUES NEWS: After a long absence, Brian brings back Prospect Sunday . . . on a Monday. Yay! [SLGT] Jake Allen will get the nod tonight when the Blues play the Penguins at the New Igloo. [StL Today / The Morning Skate] The Blues' penalty kill has been better . . . but the team is taking more penalties, which isn't good. [In the Slot / Lou Korac] Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser talks about the goal by Justin Abdelkader on Sunday that...

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