2:49 PM EDT, Thu April 18, 2019
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Blues at Jets Game Five Preview: Blues need to play their game

Blues at Jets Game Five Preview: Blues need to play their game

The Blues haven’t played their best this series. What gives? The Blues blew a perfect chance to go up on the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night. They blew a good chance on Sunday, too, but that game was nearly irredeemable. The Blues looked like the team that the Jets took it to in the first half of the season - their defense was atrocious. The offense was there, sure - but it doesn’t matter if you score three goals when you let the Jets put up six on you. The team promised to come out firing on Tuesday night, and they did. That first period was a demonstration of how the team is more than...
19 hours ago
Ryan O’Reilly nominated for Frank J. Selke Trophy

Ryan O’Reilly nominated for Frank J. Selke Trophy

It’s the first Blue nominated for a major award since 2012. The last member of the Blues who was nominated for one of the major NHL Awards was David Backes in 2012 for the Frank J. Selke award. The Selke is awarded to the player who “best excels in the defensive side of the game,” and that is the style of play that Backes buttered his bread with here in St. Louis. The Blues have another Selke nominee as of today. Ryan O’Reilly has been nominated for a stellar season. In his first year with the Blues, the centerman lead the team in regular season points with 77 (28G, 49A), a +22...
Apr 17, 2019
Blues to play Detroit Red Wings in 2019 Kraft Hockeyville game

Blues to play Detroit Red Wings in 2019 Kraft Hockeyville game

This isn’t the Blues’ first Hockeyville rodeo A couple of seasons ago, the Blues played the Pittsburgh Penguins in Belle Vernon, PA for that city’s Kraft Hockeyville victory. They won that game, 4-1, with a scoring onslaught that mucked up the local Pens’ fans chance to enjoy Sidney Crosby and Evgeny Malkin. This pre-season, the Blues have been tapped to play the Detroit Red Wings in another Kraft Hockeyville game, this time in Calumet, MI. It’s a pretty sweet haul for the town’s local rink - they get $150,000 in rink upgrades and $10,000 in equipment. From the press...
Apr 16, 2019
Jets at Blues Game Four GameDay Thread: Fabbri In, Sanford Out

Jets at Blues Game Four GameDay Thread: Fabbri In, Sanford Out

The Blues make a small switch to fix flat-footedness. There were a few folks calling for a lineup change on Twitter Sunday, and they’ll be happy tonight. The Blues are sitting Zach Sanford for having lead feet, and are bringing in Robby Fabbri, who hopefully will have less lead in his skates. Post-game on Sunday, many players voiced a variation of “that’s not our team.” Well, it was, but it doesn’t have to be tonight. Don’t waste Jordan Binnington on another terrible performance. Remember, you scored three on the Jets. They’re vulnerable. Don’t let them back into this...
Apr 16, 2019
Jets at Blues Game Four Preview: Cover Laine.

Jets at Blues Game Four Preview: Cover Laine.

You know what you need to do. The Blues know full and well what went wrong Sunday night at the Enterprise Center. It’s not a simple case of “the Jets wanted it more,” it’s that the Blues played like shit and they know it. Jim Thomas goes through point by point in this article and demonstrates exactly what the Blues were supposed to do and how they whiffed, and it’s a doozy. “That shift, everybody just did a great job of controlling it,” Winnipeg center Bryan Little said. “Anytime there was a battle for a loose puck we got it back, which was huge and allowed us to keep...
Apr 16, 2019
Jets at Blues Game Three Preview: Cover Laine.

Jets at Blues Game Three Preview: Cover Laine.

You know what you need to do. The Blues know full and well what went wrong Sunday night at the Enterprise Center. It’s not a simple case of “the Jets wanted it more,” it’s that the Blues played like shit and they know it. Jim Thomas goes through point by point in this article and demonstrates exactly what the Blues were supposed to do and how they whiffed, and it’s a doozy. “That shift, everybody just did a great job of controlling it,” Winnipeg center Bryan Little said. “Anytime there was a battle for a loose puck we got it back, which was huge and allowed us to keep...
Apr 15, 2019
Jets At Blues Game 3 Recap

Jets At Blues Game 3 Recap

Looking to take a commanding 3-0 lead, the Blues instead come out flat and lose 6-3. *Shurg Emoji* Forwards Schenn - O’Reilly - Tarasenko Schwartz - Sundqvist - Perron Maroon - Bozak - Thomas Sanford - Barbashev - Steen Defense Dunn - Pietrangelo Bouwmeester - Parayko Edmundson - Bortuzzo Goalie Binnington Game Highlights: First Period - Jordan Binnington showed up to play. At least early on. Which is more than I could say about the team in front of him. Just two minutes in the Jets were already all over the Blues net. Bryan Little is denied the chance to put his team up...
Apr 14, 2019
Jets at Blues Game Three GameDay Thread: Welcome home

Jets at Blues Game Three GameDay Thread: Welcome home

The Blues are up 2-0 and bring the series back to St. Louis. The Blues return from Winnipeg with a 2-0 series lead and a chance to really hold the Jets’ feet to the fire tonight. We know that the Blues have stumbled in this situation before in the past, but somehow, this feels different. This team isn’t prone to stupid retaliations. This team has been the second best team in hockey for the last half of the season - and some could argue that they’ve been the best. They haven’t even played as well as they really can this series, and already they may be in a position Tuesday night to...
Apr 14, 2019
Jets at Blues game three preview: Get them on the ropes

Jets at Blues game three preview: Get them on the ropes

The Blues can tighten their series stranglehold tonight. Sometimes, home ice advantage means everything in a playoff series. Sometimes a team wastes it completely. We already know where the Jets fall on that dichotomy. Tonight, we get to see where the Blues stand. As Ben Frederickson pointed out in the Post-Dispatch yesterday, the Blues haven’t even been playing as well as they can play, and they’re still up 2-0 in the series. Their power play hasn’t been functional, and the secondary scoring has stepped up in a big way, especially Oskar Sundqvist, Tyler Bozak, and Pat Maroon. Their...
Apr 13, 2019
Five Questions with Arctic Ice Hockey

Five Questions with Arctic Ice Hockey

What’s up with that hype song guy, anyway? It took me a while to think of some solid questions for Cara of Arctic Ice Hockey, but here goes. For my answers to her big five, as well as my ponderings on food, head on over to AIC. 1) What would you say has been the Jets’ biggest issue in the first two playoff games, and is it something that you can say has carried over from the end of the season? It really flew under the radar, but the Jets had a horrible end to the regular season. They have been struggling since January and it has been excused time and time again. Their defensive coverage...
Apr 13, 2019
Blues @ Jets Game 2 Recap

Blues @ Jets Game 2 Recap

The power of the Sun propelled the Blues to a 2-0 series lead Blues Lineup - No changes from game one, but in case you missed it: Schenn-O’Reilly-Tarasenko Schwartz-Sundqvist-Perron Maroon-Bozak-Thomas Sanford-Barbashev-Steen D pairs: Dunn-Pietrangelo Bouwmeester-Parayko Edmundson-Bortuzzo Binnington in net. Game Highlights: Five minutes into the action an unlikely hero scored the Blues first goal of the night. Oskar Sundqvist bested Connor Hellebuyck to give the Blues an early lead. But the Jets came back in the period to tie things up. Guy that thinks Jordan Binnington is gonna move...
Apr 12, 2019
Blues at Jets Game Two GameDay Thread: Hit Back

Blues at Jets Game Two GameDay Thread: Hit Back

It’s time for the Blues to play like they did during the third period in game one all night long. Oh no pic.twitter.com/wo9j4KPYar— Spittin' Chiclets (@spittinchiclets) April 12, 2019 Blues in two. That can happen, right? Whatever it takes to have this not happen anymore. This is your GameDay Thread. Comment like you’re as excited as Jordan Binnington - on the inside, that is. Let’s do this. Let’s Go Blues.
Apr 12, 2019
Blues at Jets game two preview: Take two

Blues at Jets game two preview: Take two

The Blues turned on the Jets in the third period Wednesday night. Game one went about how everyone expected - Winnipeg came out hitting hard (including a hit on Jordan Binnington by Mark Scheifele that was an “accident”), and they kept the Blues on their toes through the first period and a half. Binnington’s one goal allowed was on noted Blues Killer Patrik Laine in the first, but the Blues clamped down on the Jets’ offense. As the Jets hit the Blues, St. Louis adjusted their plan and just decided to plow through the Jets step by step in the third period, and it worked. David Perron...
Apr 12, 2019
Nervous? Jordan Binnington silences doubters, and Winnipeg, in Game 1

Nervous? Jordan Binnington silences doubters, and Winnipeg, in Game 1

He’s living in Winnipeg’s head right now At some point during Wednesday’s game between the Winnipeg Jets and the St. Louis Blues, I bet the Jets were thinking to themselves, “can we get that other guy in net, please?” The answer was no. If the big and bad bullies of the North were going to go through St. Louis, the little engine that won’t quit, they’d have to deal with Jordan Binnington, the 25-year-old goaltending phenom who could go from minor league prisoner to Calder Trophy owner in six months. The Jets tried their best to phase the kid, who was already dealing with some...
Apr 11, 2019
Mark Scheifele says he tried not to hit Jordan Binnington

Mark Scheifele says he tried not to hit Jordan Binnington

Do or do not. To be clear, Mark Scheifele isn’t exactly known as a dirty player - he’s the Jets’ leading regular season goal scorer. The Jets, however, have a reputation as being a heavy team to play against and the Blues got a good blow at that last night. The Jets were all over the Blues to begin with before St. Louis got their footing and controlled the conclusion to the game. One of the first players to get a taste of the Jets’ heavy hitting was Jordan Binnington, who was finishing playing the puck when this happened: Mark Scheifele LEVELS Jordan Binnington...