The lack of secondary scoring was an issue from Day 1 with this team, but Schenn, Tarasenko, Schwartz and Pietrangelo were scoring like crazy. Now Schwartz is out, the other top guys cooled off . . . and still there is no secondary scoring.
As Alex Pietrangelo noted, the Blues spent a lot of time in the other team's zone earlier this season. When they pinned teams in, the D-men could step in and add to the pressure. These days the Blues are spending more time in their own zone. When they do get in the offensive zone, their forays tend to be brief.
In a sense, yes. Life is tough when the team MVP goes down, other key guys cool down and half the forwards have no chance of scoring. As noted many times in this chat, the Blues are in a build-up stage. This is Year 2. Year 3 will see Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou pushing for work and Tage Thompson. Sammy Blais and Vince Dunn prepared to contribute. There are some placeholder guys in place now and they are not doing such a great job of holding their place.
I'm sure the foot is not 100 percent, but he is good enough to play. He was active offensively. He got five shots on goal, his most in nearly a month.
No update. Once he is reevaluated, you'll have a better idea of when he will play again. Once he is healthy enough to really test that wheel, then the team will know more.
I liked the Steen/Stastny/Thompson line yesterday. Steen fished the puck off the boards to start the scoring play that Thompson finished. I'd like to see more of that trio. Tage showed you his upside with that shot from the high slot.
The Blues looked sluggish against Calgary, but came back with a better effort at Edmonton. Had every chance to get a point or two but they failed to keep a lid on the Oilers after taking leads.
The trade market is dead and you've seen every NHL-ready player they have, so this team needs to find internal solutions while Schwartz heals. If Steen/Stastny/Schwartz could provide a second line that would help. That could keep Schenn and Tarasenko together and give both guys a chance to produce.
Hey, that team could reach the bracket and cause trouble. But hard part for teams like Vegas is the reality that all teams play hard and angry come playoff times, so talent tends to win out.
Injured guys get full pay wherever they are healing. Not sure if Zach is doing his rehab work here. Once Sanford is ready, he will almost certainly need AHL time to get his legs going. He isn't an established pro like Bouwmeester and he still needs to develop his full offensive game.
You will teams looking to make moves as the trade deadline nears. And by then, the Blues will be healthier. So we'll see what the needs are.
The Blues don't have a first-round pick to spend in the next draft -- unless it turns into a top pick, which means the team collapsed and won't be in the market for such trades -- so they will be at a disadvantage when it comes to such deals. At some point they will be able to move a D-man for a forward because of their surplus there.
More scoring. That has never changed. Early on the huge top-end production masked the lack of scoring depth.
the tip was not salvageable.
I have been hammering that point all year. This team is in a build-up. All the young talent coming will not only boost the talent level, it will do that on entry-level contracts that will allow the Blues to keep all of their cornerstone players.
He is a visionary and a brilliant administrator compared to Roger Goodell. And look at how the franchise values are soaring. I used to pound the guy, but I have no beefs. The leagues cleaned up the officiating many years back and then opened up the game with appropriate changes. The coaches challenge on offside calls was stupid, but the league largely fixed that too.
Hey the man just lost his job around the holidays. Let's not pile on/
Those developments are possible. As I've noted before, Stastny could remain for fewer dollars and shorter term so the team doesn't put too much on Robert Thomas. But that might depend on dealing, say,. Jay Bouwmeester. JayBow's injury is giving more time to younger guys and that has not been a bad thing for a team still building up.
I don't see the Blues moving him. He is a huge piece of the team chemistry. The team does need more from him and, again, I want to see more from the Steen/Stastny/Thompson group.
If you haven't tried the Alumni on 13th street, north and east of the arena, that is worth a look. Pretty solid.