I think it's a combination of quarantine, cost, and limited access. But again, I'm glad we're here. Just as an example, the night I covered Blues-Avalanche, among U.S. media there was the P-D, the New York Times, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and Colorado Hockey Now.
No, players and coaches will be mic-ed up. From what I understand, NBC isn't rolling out its entire bag of tricks at once. There will be new elements rolled out as the playoffs progress.
Chat poll: Do you like Berube and his staff in the zip-up jackets, or should they return to the jacket and tie?
Alas, no balcony here on the 11th floor, so it was the same air for 2 weeks. But those days are gone.
Yeah, I think they will. The way they're officiating these games now reminds me of the preseason or start of the regular season. Which maybe isn't all that surprising given the fact they've been off for basically an entire offseason.
As I type this, Arizona is up 1-0 on Nashville in Game 3 of a series that is tied 1 game apiece. It's about mdiway through the second period. I'm probably in the minority here, but I'd rather see the Blues play Nashville. Arizona just seems to have the Blues' number. They are 6-2-1 against the Blues since the start of the 2017-18 season, and have outscored the Blues 28-15 in those games. It's almost like the Coyotes beat the Blues at their own game _ a tight-checking, defensive-oriented, disciplined style. Arizona coach Rick Tocchet is one of Berube's best friends in the business and knows him well.
I think Berube could still do that. The man pumps iron and is pretty fit.
OK folks. We've reached that time of day where our queue of questions is empty. Speak now or forever hold your peace.
Thanks for asking. You know, they were so much fun to write _ and I'm sure TomTimm agrees _ and the reader response was so good, I'm wondering if we could revive them, even if it was just maybe once a month instead of once a week at some point.
I may be eating at the arena. They have one concession stand open for the media, and I had a pretty good turkey sandwich there before the Colorado game.
Plus, as you all know, coaches are very superstitious creatures. And the Blues are 0-2 in the zip-ups.
That's a good question.. Obviously, you're going to sink or swim with Tarasenko. Rusty or not, you play him. Berube almost always avoids the kneejerk reaction when it comes to changing lines, and just as importantly, the players respect him for that. So I don't think you change lines just yet (although maybe Berube wants to use some guys that have been healthy scratches so far in round-robin). You need to let these lines marinate a little. But once you get into elimination play, you can't be too patient, or you'll be heading home.
Most athletes, regardless of the sport, are creatures of habit. They love the routine, and thrive in it. The routine obviously has been thrown off here from the later practice times, to life in the bubble, to the earlier starting times so far for games. Adopting and adjusting to all this is part of the formula for success in this environment.
I've got like 57 varieties of SportsNet up here in the hotel room, so I'm just switching over to one that has Ariz-Nash.
I'm with you, at least for one round-robin game. I know he has a way to go in terms of his all-around game. But he can make some plays with his speed and explosiveness that a lot of players can't. Send him out against Vegas or Dallas for a test drive.
Are you the same Kerry that I see on Twitter? Did you keep track on the ties? Which one did he have the most success wearing?
Tampa Bay and Boston now underway in round-robin action from Toronto.
Here in Edmonton it's just the Minneapolis Star Tribune and a publication based outside of Denver called Colorado Hockey now. Now that's just among the U.S. teams. Vancouver, Winnipeg and Calgary _ who don't have to quarantine _ have several writers here.
Nice. I rarely notice names on the chat. Somehow they're more noticeable on Twitter. If I have a chance, I'll try to ask Berube about the ties.
I think part of the problem to is that Berube has a good summer tan going. It just looks unnatural during hockey season. Don't you think? (Not that this is normally hockey season.)
I know they're still down 2 games to 1, but the Panthers did win today. As for Armstrong, I'm sure there are some who disagree. But since I've been around the beat, his batting average has been really good.
Hockey in August. Who'd of thunk it?
Boston down 2-0 early against Tampa. They have been outscored 10-2 since their arrival in Toronto. Wonder what Bruins fans are thinking right now? Is Cassidy wearing a zip-up jacket?
OK, looks like that's it for this week. As always, appreciate the interest and the participation. Until next week. . . .