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Monday Lunch Links: When There's Trouble You Call D.W.

Would you like a side of clicks with that? Apologies for the lateness - getting seasonal hours at work somehow means I have less waking free time at home than I have here at the store. Yesterday was Prospect Sunday - did you miss it? You sonofa...well, you're in luck because I've got them right here for you. [SLGT; SLGT] Army doesn't think the Blues will be too active in the trade market, which is a bold statement coming from the guy in charge of making trades. [Frozen Notes] Hey, did you know there were hockey games yesterday? There were, I promise. [NHL.com 12/21] 6 games...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 21, 2014

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

Very little action in the system this week, as everyone is getting ready for their Christmas break, and three of the Blues' top prospects -- Ivan Barbashev, Robbie Fabbri and Ville Husso -- prepare to represent their countries (Russia, Canada and Finland, respectively) at the U20 World Junior Championships starting in Montreal on Boxing Day. 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 12-20-14 ***...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 21, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY for December 21, 2014

The Wolves got blown out twice at home this week; Niklas Lundström and the Aces won a pair and then channeled the parent club last night; and your GTPD has a bad case of the holiday blues... so... apologies in advance if there is a distinct aroma of "who gives a rat's behind?" in the air today. TRANSACTIONS Date Link Details . 12-19-14 LINK D PETTERI LINDBOHM reassigned from St. Louis (NHL) to Chicago (AHL). ============================================================ INJURY REPORT Date Link Details . 10-19-14 LINK D JOEL EDMUNDSON (back); return date...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 20, 2014

Fuego: Blues At San Jose Sharks Preview

Our streak ended ... why not theirs? It's amazing how fast a 5-game winning streak is forgotten in light of a single loss to the LA Kings. You'd think we were in a standings cavern like Emonton. Admittedly, it was a horrible ending, but we sure saw a lot of knee-jerk reactions afterwards. Those are terribly short-sighted, and completely overlook how well things have gone this year overall. There are some pretty heavy things being lobbed back and forth around Blues Twitter. Thankfully, there are some more level-headed folks in charge of the Blues front office. The Blues had their 5-game...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 19, 2014

Happy Holidays from The St. Louis Blues

Who doesn't love a giggly STL Line?
St. Louis Game Time Dec 19, 2014

Blues, Brodeur Blow 3-0 Lead to Kings, Drop 11th Straight at Staples Center 6-4 in Embarrassing Fashion

Let's just get this over with... Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue. The Blues, coming off a big win at home over the Kings, got off to a hot start at the Staples Center, scoring not one...not two...but three first period goals by David Backes, Dmitrij Jaskin, and Kevin Shattenkirk respectively. Two of them were on the power play, two of them were great tip-ins, and all three were heavily influenced by great front-of-the-net presence and strong offensive zone play by the defensemen. Basically, they were how you'd expect the Blues to score outside of the STL Line. And so...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 18, 2014

Welcome to the Pleasuredome: Blues At LA Kings Preview

Blues face their nemesis once again, this time in LA When I was recently a guest on a Kings podcast, I speculated that Coach Hitch would split the two Kings games amongst the goalies. I was right there, but I also said that Martin Brodeur would get the home start, which was the wrong move. I thought that Hitch would hedge his bets by playing the elder goalie in the game where the Blues had the last line change, and could then limit Marty's exposure by controlling the matchups. Goes to show what I know. As it turns out, Jake Allen got the home start, and the Blues spotted the Kings a 2-goal...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 18, 2014

Trade Oshie? Trade Steen? Bruins Fans, Joe Haggerty Speculate On It

It's time for trade talk before the Christmas freeze, and Bruins fans would love to see Oshie or Steen in the spoked wheel. It's always fun to check Twitter first thing and see tweets like this: No stop RT @985TheSportsHub: Hall, Oshie & Stewart Great Fits For Bruins pic.twitter.com/5s6IFKAG1y — StanleyCup ofChowder (@cupofchowdah) December 18, 2014 yah the broons shud get alexandah steen cuz he's a swede and carls ah swede and loui is a swede and we can call them the ikea line — Abominable SnowPez (@PezDOY) December 18, 2014 The NHL's Christmas trade freeze begins midnight,...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 18, 2014

Blues At Kings Game Preview: The #MartyTax Is Higher In CA

Martin Brodeur will be starting against the Kings tonight in the second half of a home and sort of home series. The NHL's scheduling this season has been unique to say the least. Just like with the Senators and the Islanders, the Blues are playing the Kings twice in just a few days time. Tuesday night's game was a thrilling come from behind 5-2 victory over the Kings, who would probably like to have that third period back. From the Kings' recap: "We just weren’t sharp [in the third], we weren’t making plays that we need to make, especially against this team and on the road," Martinez...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 18, 2014

Thursday Links - Honest Les Mis

My wife will return to links duty soon. As will J-Mill. Presumably. But I got 'em today, including an Honest Trailer that will likely get me killed by aforementioned wife for posting. I. Don't. Care. (I also rather enjoyed the movie, so fuck it.) Thanks to my wife for stepping into links duty. And enjoying it so much. I'm back for at least a day. Also, congratulations to Ackermania for getting his latest Memorabilia Memories post on Puck Daddy's Puck Headlines yesterday! Fun times. Now, some shit for you to click on . . . . BLUES NEWS: The turd on top of the banana split from Tuesday's...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 17, 2014

Jaden Schwartz Out "Week-to-Week" With Foot Injury; Jaskin Recalled

After the Blues' triumphant come from behind win Tuesday night, how about some bad news? The Blues played extremely well on Tuesday night, beating the Kings 5-2 in an at-home, come from behind victory. A key piece in that win was Jaden Schwartz, with a goal and an assist. He also got a broken foot. From the Blues' PR Release: St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has placed forward Jaden Schwartz on injured reserve. Schwartz is considered week-to-week after suffering an injury to his right foot in the Blues’ 5-2 win...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 17, 2014

Beyond Checkerdome #65: Statvent !!!

Hopefully, 65 episodes is enough of a sample size We're designating a new holiday on the hockey calendar this year: StatVent. Basically, it's that point in the regular season when we get to crack open the various #FancyStats one by one, seeing what patterns and trends are showing up in the season. Look too soon, and they are meaningless... but by now, at this point, we have enough data to start drawing some conclusions. To this end, we call on our favorite #FancyStats guru, Robb Tufts, to tell us what's what. We talk about the Blues, the league, and what's new in the analytics world. Also,...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 17, 2014

Wednesday Links - Tarasenko is the King

Vladimir Tarasenko gets the hat trick and the Blues get the win. Click things! BLUES NEWS: My husband Donut King brings you the recap of last nights Blues v. Kings game. WOOOOOOO!!![SLGT] You're probably not surprised to find that Jewels from the Crown didn't feel so awesome about that third period. [Jewels from the Crown] Speaking of JftC, our own CrossCheckRaise appeared on their Jewelcast Monday night before the contest. [Jewels from the Crown] Barret Jackman made a new friend at the game Saturday in Colorado. [CBS Sports Eye on Hockey] HOCKEY NEWS: Eleven games last night each...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 16, 2014

Blues Surge Late, Take 5-2 Victory Over Kings

We don't particularly have to speak about the first two periods of that game. But we really have a lot to say about that third period and perhaps a shitload of momentum heading to Los Angeles. Sometimes, you seem to get the recap ready before the game is even over. After two periods, I could have written a Goddamn book about everything the Blues did wrong to lose to the Kings. But that's not how this one ended. The Blues tore back for four goals in the third period, three against Jonathan Quick and one hat-trick-clinching empty-netter, taking the front half of a home-and-home over the Kings...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 16, 2014

Kings At Blues Preview: Allen Gets The Nod In Net

The Blues would like to capitalize on the Kings' recent slump, but will need to get a puck past Jonathan Quick to do so. Back on October 16th, Brian Elliott and the Blues were the proud winners of a shutout - and still lost against the Kings. That 1-0 loss was more a moral victory than anything else. The Blues matched the Kings during regulation - outshot them by a significant margin of 43-18, even), and came up short in the skills competition. There's no shame in that. If there is something that fans of both of these teams have learned over the past three seasons it is that they are very...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 16, 2014

Memorabilia Memories: A Letter To Santa

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 Since this is the last home game before Christmas, it will be my pleasure to share with you the secret list of what Santa is getting each of the Blues players this year. I am privy to this information because Santa is a big hockey fan (and collector of memorabilia) and faithfully reads my articles in...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 16, 2014

Kings At Blues GameDay Storystream: Quick Be Nimble?

The last month or so haven't seen the Kings playing their best hockey. Can the Blues capitalize on this for once? The last time the Blues and Kings squared off, the Kings beat the Blues 1-0 in a shootout duel. Since then, the Kings haven't exactly been sputtering - they're five games over .500 - but they haven't played very dominant hockey. Their current road trip has been an exercise in meh, with them taking a 1-2-1 record into tonight's game. In their last ten, they're 4-4-2, while the Blues are 7-2-1. On October 16th, the Blues outshot the Kings 43-18, and still lost, thanks to a...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 16, 2014

Tuesday Links - WTF Oilers Edition

The Oilers make curious moves because they're the Oilers. The Kings will play the Blues because it's on the schedule. That and another Honest Trailer and a hell of a lot more in my PROPER links debut. BLUES NEWS: Hitch wouldn't tell anyone yesterday who would be in goal against the Kings tonight. That and plenty more from Lou. [In the Slot / Lou Korac] Maxim Lapierre sporting Matt Sebek's "Smells Like Steen Spirit" t-shirt, as Hildy points out. So, when's Game Time getting an online shop to sell these? [SLGT] KNOW YOUR ENEMY--THOSE ASSHOLES OUT WEST (AKA TAOW, AKA THE LOS ANGELES...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 15, 2014

Monday Links - It Takes Two, Baby

Collaborative efforts are always fun. Except when you're releasing a solo project. But this is not a solo project. It's Monday Links. Hi. We'll explain in a second. A collaborative effort begins your Monday. Yes, both Tyler AND Kate did these links. You won't be able to tell. BLUES NEWS: Prospect Sunday! Brian tells us of the week that was in Blues prospects, including the Wolves' split with the Rampage in San Antonio. [SLGT; SLGT] Want some tickets to an upcoming Blues game? Well, a couple fans have your hook-up. For the game on December 27th against the Stars, talk to ein636. For the...
St. Louis Game Time Dec 14, 2014

"Game Time" PROSPECT SUNDAY: TRENDING UP, Dec. 14, 2014

Other prospects take center stage as 2014 first-rounder Robbie Fabbri skates at the Team Canada selection camp for the upcoming World Juniors. 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 12-13-14 *** FIRST Star *** ** SECOND Star ** * THIRD Star * Zach POCHIRO Jaedon DESCHENEAU Dmitrij JASKIN Prince George (WHL) Kootenay (WHL) Chicago (AHL) ** 3 games played this week ** 4 games...

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