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Hockey Wilderness 1 hour ago

Wilderness Walk: We're Doomed Edition

Well folks, it was a good run but we might as well pack it up after the ass kicking we received from the St. Louis Blues yesterday. The magic of Dubnyk is gone after he let in some of the softest goals in NHL history. I think he forgot he was playing with the Minnesota Wild and not the Edmonton Oilers. Honestly, this game should have been 10-0 but St. Louis just had some bad bounces and terrible puck luck. Thank god because out of the 27 shots the Blues took last night at least 10-15 should have went in. On the other end of the ice the Wild put up ZERO close chances. Jake Allen knew exactly...
St. Louis Game Time 15 hours ago

Recap: Welcome To The Tarasenkshow Playoff Edition

Blues Forward Nets First Career Playoff Hat Trick To Tie Series. The Blues knew it, the fans knew it, hell even the Wild knew it: St. Louis was going to bring it today. Two days after giving fans the royal middle finger in what was a highly anticipated Game 1, the Blues rebounded with a typical Blues game and it suited fans just fine. Strong goaltending, heavy hits, weird bounces and oh yeah, some goals. Game 2 started off similarly to game 1 with the Blues putting good pressure on Minnesota and the Wild continuing the block shot after shot.  In two first periods in the series the Wild...
Hockey Wilderness 20 hours ago

The Playoffs - WCQF Game 2: Minnesota Wild @ St. Louis Blues

Hey, you awake? If there was ever a terrible day to sleep in late, it's today. The Minnesota Wild will be taking on the St. Louis Blues at 2:00 PM at the Scottrade Center. As you know, you can catch the game on the radio at KFAN affiliates, as well as the Wild's official website, and if you're looking for the game on television, you can find it on NBC. As for the game itself, the Wild have an excellent opportunity to go back to Minnesota with a 2-0 lead over the Blues in the series, something that would be unfathomable given the Wild's struggles to St. Louis before this season, particularly...
Hockey Wilderness 21 hours ago

Minnesota Wild @ St. Louis Blues: WCQ Game 2 Preview

The Wild look to go home up 2-0 in this series against St. Louis. They'll do that by winning this Saturday matinee. Hey, you awake? If there was ever a terrible day to sleep in late, it's today. The Minnesota Wild will be taking on the St. Louis Blues at 2:00 PM at the Scottrade Center. As you know, you can catch the game on the radio at KFAN affiliates, as well as the Wild's official website, and if you're looking for the game on television, you can find it on NBC. As for the game itself, the Wild have an excellent opportunity to go back to Minnesota with a 2-0 lead over the Blues in the...
St. Louis Game Time 21 hours ago

Wild At Blues Game Two Preview: Play Hard, Play Simple

The Blues need to do two things: stay on the puck and shoot the puck at the net. Let's see if that's difficult today. Ok. Game two. If last night's 6-2 curbstomping of the Blackhawks by the Predators shows us anything, it's that two games can be as different as night and day. It also shows how teams need to respond to adversity - the Predators absolutely shelled the shit out of Corey Crawford after losing Shea Weber to a lower body injury. After. You want to send a message? Score three goals in the third period. You don't want to send a message? Take two thirds of the last period to realize...
St. Louis Game Time 22 hours ago

Get Today's Fan Run Paper For Blues Vs Wild Game 2

Not going to the game but want your Game Time program? You can buy online. Big game today. Huge, in fact. We've got 24 pages jam packed with analysis, commentary, jokes, curse words, stats and more in our fan-run paper that's almost completely different than what we post here on the website. Not going? You can buy it in our secure online store. Here's what our front page guy started to say about today's match-up: The Blues did a whole bunch of things wrong in Game 1. Allowing the Wild(s) to dictate play with their speed on the rush led to the Blues looking for more creative ways to gain...
St. Louis Game Time 23 hours ago

Lighting The Lamp: Here We Go Again

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 When the Blues' players entered the TradeStocks Center for game one of the opening round of the 2015 playoffs, a frenetic, boisterous standing room only crowd of 19, 671  welcomed them with a deafening roar, setting the stage for an epic battle between two evenly matched NHL hockey teams. The only problem was that the Blues didn't really...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 18, 2015

Wild At Blues Game Two Storystream: Must Win

It's just game two, but the Blues risk a first round defeat if they don't tighten up their play. I don't think that anyone was pleased with how game one turned out. The Blues were flat footed, slow, indecisive, and unable to generate decent shooting chances until they realized that they were in real danger of losing game one (spoiler: they did). So, the Blues are rolling out the same line-up as Thursday night, which, if they don't get their druthers about them, may be the last time we see this particular line-up. According to Jeremy Rutherford in yesterday's Morning Skate, the lines will...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 18, 2015

Saturday Links - Into the Wild Take 2

Game Two is coming! Things are happening in Space! STAR WARS! All that and More in today's edition of the STLGT links! Its Game Day! Who is ready for Game 2?! Puck Drop is 2 PM STL Time. Hopefully The St. Louis Blues will be in tip top shape after looking like death in the late game Thursday. BLUES NEWS: There will be no line changes for Game Two. With all the problems Game One showed on the back end, I hope they have found their shit or something is really wrong with Bort. [STLGT] Hildy has a List! These are the Five Biggest Gripes from The Blues Game One. She speaks wisely. [STLGT] Dr....
Hockey Wilderness Apr 17, 2015

Center Play May Determine Rest of Wild-Blues Series

Even after last night's victory, the Wild appear to have a disadvantage down the middle. It's OK to be excited. The Minnesota Wild took home-ice advantage from the St. Louis Blues last night, earning a 1-0 series lead. Much like the Wild, the Blues are a very good, very deep team that should be considered a favorite to win the Stanley Cup, should they advance to the second round. It's hard to highlight one particular area of strength for the St. Louis Blues After all, they're a team that's been in competition for the President's Trophy all year. You don't get to be there by having a bad...
Hockey Wilderness Apr 17, 2015

Wilderness Walk: Wild 1 - Blues 0 Edition

Your Minnesota Wild take the series lead on the road after a 4-2 victory on the road against the the St. Louis Blues last night. That was one heckuva game last night wasn't it? I don't know about you, but my heart rate was all over the place. I think I've calmed down now. Life has slowed a bit since the final horn blew on the Minnesota Wild's 4-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues in game 1. PHEW! Really, the Blues seemed a bit off last night. Sure they dominated possession for large stretches of the game, including what seemed to be the entire first period. Yet, they did not seem as physical...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 17, 2015

Top Five Biggest Gripes From The Blues' Game One Loss

Catharsis usually breeds more irritation, but whatever. Here goes. I know that the Blues aren't out of the playoffs. I remember the last time that they lost a game one in the first round - Barret Jackman took out Jaroslav Halak and the fanbase collectively threw in the towels. The Blues won the next four against the Sharks. So yes, I know it's not over. But good GOD last night's game was terrible, uninspired hockey. 1. Read more Game Time, Hitch. Hitchcock really needed to read Robb's post about shooting the damn puck. The Blues attempted over fifty shots on net last night. Just over 20...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 17, 2015

Friday Links - Interrogation

Blues lose game 1 of a possible 7, so let's stay calm. BLUES NEWS: Justin42 has the Game 1 recap. [SLGT] And CrossCheckRaise and Donut King have your recap in audio form on their first-ever Beyond Checkerdome Quick Shot. [SLGT FanShots] That is one massive T-Rav. [SLGT FanShots] Did Gary Bettman basically green-light a St. Louis outdoor game? [SLGT FanShots] STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: Blues (0) v. Minnesota Wild (1) Winnipeg Jets (0) v. Anaheim Ducks (1) Pittsburgh Penguins (0)  v. New York Rangers (1) Detroit Red Wings (1) v. Tampa Bay Lightning (0) Vancouver Canucks (0) v. Calgary...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 17, 2015

Game 1 Recap: Too Little, Too Late

The game started late...And so did the Blues. The St. Louis Blues started their run to the cup tonight against the Wild at Scottrade. Jake Allen would get the start in goal for the Blues. Devan Dubnyk would start for the WIld. The forward lines would be the lines that we saw toward the end of the year. Schwartz/Stastny/Oshie, Jaskin/Backes/Berglund, Steen/Lehtera/Tarasenko and Ott/Goc/Reaves. The defensive pairings would see Gunnarson playing tonight (why?!?!?) with Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester/Shattenkirk, and Jackman with Michalek. First Period: The first period didn't start out like the...
Hockey Wilderness Apr 17, 2015

Zucker and Dumba lead Wild over Blues in Game One

The Stanley Cup Playoffs officially started for the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues Thursday night. With goals from Jason Zucker, Matt Dumba, Mikael Granlund, and Jason Pominville, the Wild took a 1-0 series advantage. The Wild started the game with a few shots on goal off the bat. The Blues were pressing really hard, but Minnesota was very good at breaking up passes and getting into shooting lanes. Jason Zucker would maintain possession of the puck as his teammates went for a line change. He got a low-angle shot on Blues starting goaltender Jake Allen, who coughed the rebound up...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 16, 2015

Projected Blues' Lines/Defensive Pairings Tonight Offer Surprises

Jeremy Rutherford posted his projected lines for tonight's game in today's Morning Skate. The lines are what Hitchcock have been running in practice. The defensive pairings? Interesting stuff. Here's what JR posted: Forwards Jaden Schwartz-Paul Stastny-T.J. Oshie Alexander Steen-Jori Lehtera-Vladimir Tarasenko Dmitrij Jaskin-David Backes-Patrik Berglund Steve Ott-Marcel Goc-Ryan Reaves Defensemen Carl Gunnarsson-Alex Pietrangelo Jay Bouwmeester-Zbynek Michalek Barret Jackman-Kevin Shattenkirk Goalie Jake Allen The take-away here is that Bouwmeester and Pietrangelo are split, and Kevin...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 16, 2015

2015 NHL Playoffs Blues/Wild Game One Preview

Are you guys ready for some playoff hockey? I know that I am. It's tough to write a game one preview, isn't it? These two teams have never met in the playoffs, split the season series, and while the Wild have blown the doors off of the league down the stretch the Blues have played some dominant hockey recently. I could be lazy and point your direction toward CrossCheckRaise's absolutely kick-ass series preview. So I will. Read this. He raises some damn good points, especially that this year's Wild are 2009's Blues. Put a terrifying beard on Devan Dubnyk and shave his head and there you go....
Hockey Wilderness Apr 16, 2015

HWP 032: Blues-Wild 101 with St. Louis Game Time

A Crash Course on this Playoff Series, featuring guest Tim Cron of St. Louis Game Time, Beyond Checkerdome Podcast. Get ready, Minnesota, it’s playoff time! After several days of brutal technical difficulties, we’ve got our newest episode up! Today, Tony and Joe are joined by Tim Cron of St. Louis Game Time and the Beyond Checkerdome podcast to break down the Minnesota Wild-St. Louis Blues series in progress. Topics we discuss today: Tim’s perspective on former Blue Chris Stewart. Jori Lehtera and Paul Stastny’s first season in St. Louis. Previewing the Blues, forwards,...
Hockey Wilderness Apr 16, 2015

No-Man's Land: Controlling the Neutral Zone is Key in First Round Series vs Blues

Many so-called experts are weighing in on the first round match-up of the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues. Some are comparing the overall talent of each roster, while others look at which position groups give the other team the edge. The Blues and Wild both play a similar style - they like to go to work on the opposing defensemen and grind out a cycle game to create pressure and extended zone time. The Blues use their size and physicality to turn that wall cycle into quick offense with lots of shots on net. However, the Wild, while capable of grinding it out in the corners, tend to find...
St. Louis Game Time Apr 16, 2015

How To Get Tonight's Game Time Paper

Going to the game? Not going to the game? We've got you covered. Well the clock sure is moving slow. And the game starts about 90 minutes later than normal. Man, that sucks. Maybe you want something to read between now and then? Well you could always buy our fan-run paper we sell outside every Blues home game. You can BUY IT RIGHT HERE. You know about the paper, right? And you know it's almost completely different than all the cool stuff we put on the website, right? Well it's 24 pages of analysis, stats, commentary, jokes and even a cartoon and word puzzle. There has been a fan-run paper...

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