And let the debates begin!
Allen. Tarasenko will be fine if he doesn't have to prop up guys at even strength. Also, his numbers would rise if the Blues could assemble even a decent power play.
Yeah, a couple of key mistakes made the game easier for Colorado.
Richie, Ronnie, Bass, skate boys skate . . . yeah, the old Arena days were fine. At this moment I see the Blues just missing the playoffs. They will need one or two teams above them to falter. That could happen, but this is where we are now. I did not see much of Jorgen -- before my time in the STL -- but I hear was a pretty special two-way guy.
The core group is still evolving. We could see some alternations to it this summer. Obviously Doug Armstrong had his doubts, which is why he opted to move Stastny and focus on the future.
On the power-play inefficiency alone, there is reason to criticize the coaching staff. Beyond that, the team did lose its edge for a few weeks there and that can't happen in the NHL these days. With three-point games and so many teams bidding for playoff spots, a team can't drift. And this team drifted. That will be an evaluation point for this staff.
Yeah, MacKinnon isn't missing this season. And Tarasenko is. No. 91 had so many chances, but shots were blocked, shots went wide or high . . . such is the difference between a hit player on a confident team and a frustrated player on a frustrating team.
Hmmm . . . a two-minute penalty being a full two minutes . . . that has some merit. The more 5-on-4 play the better. The players are so big and quick these days that 5-on-5 play can become a traffic jam.
He is certainly the most physical body-checker on the squad and he seems to be embracing his grinder role. He has been more engaged than earlier this season. When Jaskin moves up in the lineup and gets power-play time, that is when he can frustrating to watch. He just doesn't a feel for the offensive game. If he is willing to re-up for modest money and accept the grinder role, there could still be a place for him.
He certainly wants another shot at NHL head coaching. He IS a commanding bench presence. But today's game is long way from the rugged old days, so he's had to adapt. Teams still need to be tough, but it's a refined toughness. In the old days players just beat the heck out of each other.
I'd say so, given all the circumstances.
Well, first he has to prove he is healthy again. Then he'll have to scrape off a little rust.
Lots of minutes for him up there. Then again, he had every chance here, too, when the Blues ran out of forwards.
The Blues. Lots of miles on Seabrook, who has faded badly, and Keith. Their D corps is highly suspect. Also they have some huge contracts to work around, so upgrading the contract won't be easy. They have lots of good young forwards, so in that regard they are ahead of the Blues in developing the next wave of scorers.
Goaltending is a scramble this season across the NHL. About half the teams have had serious issues. So who knows how the market will play. Allen has a moderate contract with a middle-of-the-pack track record. I'd guess he is not a hot trade commodity, but he could be movable if it came to that.
Thomas is likely to be first up to the NHL next season. I could see him starting the year with the team. Kyrou figures to get some looks as well. Walman? That would depend on whether the team keeps Schmaltz in the NHL next season or packages him in a summer trade. As for making room, Upshall figures to exit. Sundqvist hasn't made his case. Sobotka and Berglund could find their names in the rumor mill.
Top nine. Looks like a potential third-line, second-PP guy assuming he gets stronger and continues to work on his all-around game. He has been more engaged lately, since Yeo offered a rather blunt and brutal assessment of his work.
Yeah, they could change the standard on that. You don't want guys swinging sticks widely in the air -- that's dangerous -- but the officials are splitting hairs with some of these calls.
He played so well with Parayko late last year, that is appealing. Then again, but using him Pietrangelo with Bouwmeester shelved makes sense too. He could use a big finish to reaffirm his contract value.
Yes he could, but Yeo hates to see a veteran like Berglund turn the puck over the way he did against the Avalanche. Patrick had a hand in the previous two victories, but then last night happened.
Not sure Yeo is that brave with the playoff race alive. I imagine he starts Allen and sees what happens. If Jake struggles, perhaps Husso comes off the bench to get his taste. Then if Husso excelled, Yeo would feel more inclined to start him.