Everybody loves the home run pass. However, not everybody has Keith firing that pass to Kane.
I didn't run into him Monday night in Brooklyn, so I don't know what his deal was.
Yeah, well, animation has never been Jaskin's thing.
Suter is still clicking along on his thousand-year contract, but Parise has a bad back. That does not bode well for Minnesota's long-term cap scenario.
Great question. Playing with Schenn could make that a remarkable match-up line, facing the other No. 1 and make it work at the defensive end. Or he could give Stastny/Tarasenko a boost. I see him in the Top Six with Fabbri out.
Such is the closeness of the league. Edmundson turns the puck over a few nights back, then dives to block back-to-back shots, giving up his body.
When he can, Yeo uses Schenn/Schwartz as his match-up line.
It IS good to see that team compete from the outset. But that could work against McPhee;s master plan of ditching veterans for prospects on the fly this season.
Bortuzzo has been fine so far, having to clean up some behind Dunn while also adding the necessary physical element. I believe he is a good third-pairing guy. As for Prosser, Dunn's offensive skill and second unit PP duty has kept Prosser in the press box so far.
I think the Blues work hard for season ticket holders, relative to other teams. Obviously those folks in Vegas made the commitment that made getting a team possible. So that is an extra special relationship.
For a host of reasons, trapping is more difficult. Ottawa is probably the standard-bearer for slowing teams down these days, but most teams play a pressing end-to-end style instead. Changes to the offside rule opened up the home-run pass and crackdowns on interference allowed players to skate unimpeded without the puck. With help of rules changes, the game changed and got much faster.
That could happen. It will be weird to see the Petro/JayBo pairing go away. Or we could see Edmundson/Parayko reprise their shutdown work from the playoffs.
The first week is hardly an indicator. Colorado started 3-1 last year, too, but the fell apart. After two games this year, Winnipeg looked like one of the odd teams out, but then Connor Hellebuyck stepped in and look great winning twice. Some expects picked the Blues to miss and they started 4-0 despite injuries. This thing is so close that injuries and other in-season developments will decide it. I doubt Colorado makes it, but right now everybody else seems to be in play.
Yeo made his displeasure with Wilson quite clear. That will be interesting.
The Wild suffered a bunch of injuries, so keep an eye on them. I could see Dallas going on a tear; the Stars are getting lots of shots and the goals will come. Some adjustment to Hitchcock was needed and Bishop getting dinged up early didn't help.
He will be in and out of the lineup, depending on the opponent.
He's been fine. He dominated the Islanders, which the Rangers took note of. They smothered him the next night. He sees that attention a lot, which is why Stastny and Sobotka need to shoot more to loosen things up for 91.
Hitchcock is a hockey lifer. Nobody around the team thought he would retire. And as his tenure here wound down, it became more obvious that he wanted to keep coaching.
Probably, but . . . . there is still time for Dunn to settle with Bouwmeester down. If sheltered with offensive zone starts, he could add the offensive element at even strength and on the PP that others can't.
D-men are getting paid, period. If you play 20 minutes a game and you have experience, you get paid.