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Avalanche At Blues GameDay Storystream: Stastny's Reunion Spoiled

Center Paul Stastny has been ruled out for the Blues' first game against the Colorado Avalanche since his signing. Such a shame that Paul Stastny won't be able to face off against his old teammates, the Colorado Avalanche. Despite the fact that he has been skating with the team, his shoulder injury still hasn't healed up enough for him to be counted on for game day. As much as not having him on the ice is frustrating, his presence could break up the red-hot line of Alexander Steen, Jori Lehtera, and Vladimir Tarasenko. Let's face it - the Blues have played pretty well without Stastny. While...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 31, 2014

Friday Links - All Hallow's Eve

Honestly, I could give a shit about Halloween. But I DO have a video of some facts about Halloween. And I will dress up as a nerd at work tonight (and, before you interject . . . MORE SO THAN USUAL). So, yeah. Halloween. Have fun with it. If you can. BLUES NEWS: Goals by Alexander Steen (who, according to Carl Gunnarsson during a second intermission interview with Chris Kerber, "got his big ass in the way" of Gunny's shot) and Ryan Reaves (!!!) combined with an excellent performance by Jake Allen paced the Blues to a 2-0 victory over the Ducks, their first win over the Ducks since the...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 31, 2014
Recap: Blues Beat The Anaheim Ducks 2-0, Allen With The Shutout

Recap: Blues Beat The Anaheim Ducks 2-0, Allen With The Shutout

Well, this was certainly an improvement... beating the Ducks with one Oshie tied behind our Backes. Hello again, boys and ghouls! Tonight was a scary match up against the Ducks, but it turned out to be a better treat than we were expecting ... which is quite the trick. The night started with quite a bit of apprehension. Carl Gunnarsson is in just his second game, so you can't expect him to be 100% up to speed yet. Paul Stastny is making progress, skating with the team in practice, but still isn't ready to return to action. Jake Allen was starting tonight, a youngster in his third appearance...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 30, 2014

Ducks At Blues Game Preview: Andersen And Allen Face Off

Fans of alliteration should be happy tonight, as two very capable goaltenders want to continue their clubs' winning ways. Well, tonight should be tough. Both David Backes and T.J. Oshie have concussions, which makes half of the Blues' top six damaged goods when you factor in the still-injured Paul Stastny. Thank God for Vladimir Tarasenko and Jori Lehetra. "I didn’t score for five games," Tarasenko said. "I feel a little bit better right now, probably more confident. (But) it’s not enough to play one good game and play five bad ones after it. I need to (keep) working." A positive work...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 30, 2014

Beyond Checkerdome #58: In Sickness and In Health

Turn your head and cough ... another fresh episode of Beyond Checkerdome! As the season rolls along, the Beyond Checkerdome podcast keeps on trucking as well. This week we talk about the Blues battle with the plague, a favorite player from some tough times, the evolution of fighting, and a pair of games that looked nothing alike. Add in the usual tangents and listener feedback, and it's quite a show! Give it a listen, eh? For a download link, click HERE As always, thanks for listening and your support. As the season progresses, we're getting a better picture of what...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 30, 2014
Memoribilia Memories: Camping Out

Memoribilia Memories: Camping Out

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 Memoirs" will be featured every home game day. Memorabilia Memories, with Rick Ackerman Part 1 In one of my life's great ironies, I left St. Louis in 1967, the year the Blues were born, to attend college in Ohio. Of course, I returned several times a year to visit with friends and family, and more importantly, to attend Blues games, including Stanley Cup Finals games those first three...
Anaheim Calling Oct 30, 2014
Ducks @ Blues Preview: Keep trudging along....

Ducks @ Blues Preview: Keep trudging along....

Next Stop in the Roadtrip to Hell & Back: Scottrade Center After barely surviving and coming out with a big fat "W" in Chicago Tuesday night,  the Ducks trudge along and move onto the next level of hell in what we also know as the Central Division--St. Louis, Missouri. Both teams are coming off close wins--the Anaheim Ducks barely taking the game away from Chicago Blackhawks and the St. Louis Blues coming away with an overtime win in a nailbiter against the Dallas Stars. The last time the two teams faced off was in Honda Center and the Ducks left the Blues disheveled and singin' the blues...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 30, 2014
Ducks At Blues Morning Open Thread: Can Lehtarasenko Keep It Up?

Ducks At Blues Morning Open Thread: Can Lehtarasenko Keep It Up?

The line of Alexander Steen, Jori Lehtera, and Vladimir Tarasenko were on fire Tuesday night against Dallas. Are we in store for a repeat performance? The Blues finished their game against the Dallas Stars even more short hande than they began it, with captain David Backes leaving at the end of the first period due to an "upper body injury." His head hit the ice hard after a hit away from the play by Trevor Daley, and he did not return. It cost the Blues their bearings during the second period, but the line of Alexander Steen, Jori Lehtera, and Vladimir Tarasenko decided to go on and put on...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 30, 2014

Thursday Links - All About Last Names

There's links, only two games yesterday and a video about where last names came from. There's really not much to talk about, though, so meh. I dunno. Is Vladimir Tarasenko still awesome? BLUES NEWS: The Blues had a late optional skate yesterday, and after it Hitch said there was no update yet on David Backes as he was still being evaluated. He obviously did not take part in the skate. [StL Today / Morning Skate] Scott Burnside can't figure out the Blues either. I would argue there's not much he's figured out either, but hey, I'm trying to be nice today. [ESPN / Cross Checks] Robb took a...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 29, 2014

Wednesday (Late) Links - Vlad Vlad Vlad Vlad VLAD

You'll find links, you'll find videos, but really, the only thing that matters is that Vladimir Tarasenko is awesome even when he's supposedly sicker than dog shit. I passed out after the game at some point, probably out of sheer happiness. So yeah, that's why the links are a bit late. My bad. BLUES NEWS: Reports have surfaced that Vladimir Tarasenko had a pretty good game yesterday. Working to confirm . . . oh wait, here you go. The Blues beat the Stars 4-3 on the power of Tarasenko's hat trick. The other goal was by Jori Lehtera, and he, Tarasenko and Alexander Steen were by far the line...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 29, 2014

A quick look at the Blues power play

After last season, many Blues fans' principal concern going into 2014-2015 season was the power play. So let's take a look at how it's going at the one tenth of a season mark. Eight games into an 82 game season is probably not the best time to be looking at the power play.  But last night on the twitter, I saw St. Louis Blues fans bemoaning the lack of shooting and scoring during the power play down in Dallas. However, I think an argument could be made that we are seeing an improved power play by the Blues.  Let's take a look at the numbers real quick. Learn About...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 29, 2014
Frank The Tank! Vladimir Tarasenko Hat Trick Leads Blues Over Stars 4-3 in Overtime

Frank The Tank! Vladimir Tarasenko Hat Trick Leads Blues Over Stars 4-3 in Overtime

We're going streaking! Bring your green hats! Vladimir Tarasenko is a goddamn superhero (he'll just have to wait until Phase IV to have his movie made by Marvel). The Blues came into this game looking to continue their winning ways after downing the Blackhawks on Saturday, despite dealing with the final stages of the bacteria infection which had plagued the squad. Just a day earlier in fact, it seemed as if the infection would keep Tarasenko and Ryan Reaves from even making the trip to Dallas. Modern medicine is a wonder, ain't it? The Blues started fast and strong, not allowing the...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 28, 2014

The Randomness of Shooting: 6 Games of the Blues

I fire up the random number generator and see how the Blues are doing. Through 6 games this season the Blues had 6 goals on 155 5v5 shots. That's a lowly 3.47% shooting percentage. Let's run some simulations and see whether that's within the range of expected outcomes. Level 1 Let's just assume a simple Binomial. All shots are created equal, 8% chance of scoring. In all these first two tables, Upper95 is the upper end of the 95% Confidence Interval for observed shooting percentage. Lower95 is the lower end. Upgoals is the upper end of the 95% Confidence Interval for observed...

Stars vs. Blues Morning Skate: Charging Ahead With The Super Line; Kevin Connauton Draws In

The Stars will stick with the Power Trio on Tuesday night. Tuesday's morning skate for the Dallas Stars was business as usual, with not many changes expected as the Stars prepare for tonight's divisional mathup against Ken Hitchcock and the St. Louis Blues. The Stars have roughly used the same line combinations for five games now, going 3-1-1 in that stretch and slowly getting back to the style of play the Stars were comfortable with last season. While the line combinations themselves still seem a bit top-heavy, the truth is that the Stars are getting contributions up and down the lineup...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 28, 2014

Fearless: Blues At Dallas Stars Preview

These Guys? Mess with 'em all you want Just as it is with the Blues, it's way too early in the season to really be making grand judgments about the Dallas Stars. Not enough games have been played yet, to really have enough information. However. In the Beyond Checkerdome podcast, we made some predictions/expectations about the Central Division. When we discussed the Dallas Stars, it was easy to see why they were the sexy pick for a lot of folks. Already impressive up front with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn, they added more weapons in the offseason with Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky. Pretty...

Dallas Stars v St. Louis Blues: Q&A with St. Louis Game Time

The St. Louis Blues are not currently as good as they're supposed to be, but they did just beat the Chicago Blackhawks, which is usually a sign of being "good". We talk to Tyler Atwood of SB Nation blog St. Louis Game Time about what we can expect from the Blues tonight... An early season injury to Paul Stastny, Carl Gunnarsson's late debut, the jaws of the entire team swelling up after a trip to Southern California... The excuses for the St. Louis Blues just keep piling up. The Blues come to Dallas tonight with a nice middling 3-3-1 record, but they did just record a regulation win over...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 28, 2014

Blues At Stars GameDay StoryStream: Let 'Em In

Kari Lehtonen is back in goal tonight after a disappointing showing by Anders Lindback against the New York Islanders on Saturday. Little by little, the beaten up and battered Blues team is coming together. The bacterial infection has nearly run its course, though not entirely, as Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan Reaves are now the two under the weather, according to Lou Korac. Paul Stastny has been skating with the team and taking drills and doing things, but while he traveled with the team to Dallas, he's questionable at best for the next week or so. Still, T.J. Oshie told Jeremy Rutherford...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 28, 2014

Tuesday Links - Respect the Tour De Donut

Some cartoons. Backes on Taveras. Prepping for Dallas. Scores. Sked. Dumbasses, both at home and around the league. Olli Maatta has brass balls. Beer. Hot dogs. And desserts! Happy Tuesday, all. Sorry for bouncing out on my usual Friday shift. My actual job got in the way, and I was relatively pissed about it. On the bright side . . . guess I'm gonna really love my paycheck next week! Anyway. BLUES NEWS: A couple cartoons from a guy named "snow-man". [SLGT FanShots; SLGT FanShots] By now, you know about the passing of Oscar Taveras, the young outfield phenom of the St. Louis Cardinals....
St. Louis Game Time Oct 27, 2014

Blues Reflect On The Passing Of Oscar Taveras

The Blues took time out of their practice today to comment on the tragic loss of the Cardinals' top prospect. The shocking and sudden passing of Cardinals outfielder and top young prospect Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, has left all of us St. Louis sports fans heartbroken. Saying it rendered me speechless would be an understatement. I would be lying if I said that tears didn't come to my eyes when I saw the news. No one should leave us like that, and it seems all the more unfair when you look at how young they were and how much potential that Taveras had to be great. KMOV...
St. Louis Game Time Oct 27, 2014

Monday Links: Why So Serious?

You ever clicked links with the devil in the pale moonlight? Do you guys know any good Cesar Romero Joker quotes? I'm severely lacking in my knowledge of Adam West Batman. BLUES NEWS: I was late bringing the recap to you, but you already knew: the Blues beat the Blackhawks on Saturday night 3-2. Awesome. [SLGT] It was a minor, October-sized step, but nonetheless, the Blues are going the right way after Saturday night. [STLToday] Doug Armstrong was excited on Saturday night...just, you know...on the inside. [Frozen Notes] Some Chicago fans are calling out T.J. Oshie for "going low" on...

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