McDavid: young, speed and hands.
Well, they did score six in two games against Rinne in Games 1-2, so anything is possible. Like I said earlier, I don't think they're going to roll over. But Nashville is playing with a lot of confidence after sweeping Chicago and while this series has been close, the Predators are getting the results and that's only adding to their mojo.
The playoffs have been a struggle for Perron. As you said, he's been involved in things physically at times and he's had a couple of good scoring chances, but nothing is materializing for him. He's got a ton of skill and we've seen that at times this year. I remember when we were writing about him being one of the best bargains from last year's free-agent class. But obviously that seems like the distant past with how quiet he's been in the playoffs. I don't think this is your typical fan reaction because the team is losing. The criticism of his play, and Berglund's play started in the first season, even though the Blues were up on Minnesota. The Blues need more from both players, for sure. I don't think anyone is asking for him to rip off four goals in a series, but the team needs a contribution.
It's a fine line. I've had players blast me before because they say once it's in the paper or in the blogs, whether it's the ribs or a foot, opposing teams will go after the injury. Obviously part of the job is putting up with coaches and players who don't like what you write, but again, it's a fine line and I typically work on a case-by-case basis. It has been widely known for weeks that Steen has been in a boot. So what would the response have been if I reported again yesterday that he was in a boot. It doesn't change the story. As far as the crutches, who's to say he hasn't been on crutches the past few weeks. There's a lot that goes on that we don't see. So in conclusion, if know one knew that Steen had an injury and the boot had not been reported, then yes, you're all over it. But in this case, I felt I'm not telling most people anything they don't already know. And that brings me to one other quick response to this question. We as reporters are dealing with a wide-range of fans. Some read and keep track of everything, some read little and know little, but they still pay attention. I've written things 1,000 in print, on the internet and on the bathroom stall and then I get four tweets from people telling me they knew that. You can do the best job possible and some people are going to think you're repetitive and some people are going to think you're not delivering.
I understand where you're coming from, but I think the Blues and everybody around the league knows that this Nashville team is for real. (Don't the kids say "for reals" today?) Anyway, yeah, do the Blues know that the Predators have never been in this spot before and perhaps they could get them to crack? Probably so, yeah. It's got to be a little different than being in a 3-1 hole to Chicago. But having said that, the Blues can't be approaching this game any differently because of that. They have to respect the Predators and approach tonight like they would the defending Stanley Cup champions or the Vegas Knights.
That's a fair take and I'll explain. First off, I owe my attention to the Post-Dispatch. They put the food on the table and the roof over my head. So if something happens in a game, I'm much more worried about taking proper notes and writing what happened in my open file that is going to become my game story and far less worried about how much I tweet. I mainly tweet scoring updates, penalties, and when I see a guy head off the ice with an injury, something that maybe people in the rink or watching at home don't see. I also tweet so that people who aren't paying close attention to the game can get the highlights (maybe they're at a wedding, a birthday party, whatever.) As far as non-game stuff or controversial things around the league, I like to pass along news, but I am not an opinion guy. I'm not going to break down a big hit or say that the Blues really made a bad call re-signing this player or that player. I am a beatwriter who likes to keep fans informed with facts. That's what I enjoy. I've offered opinion at times the past 10-12 years and it takes you off the deep end with many fans. It's not fun. If I'm going to offer opinion, going back to my original point, it's going to be in this chat, not on Twitter. Also, I'm not one in my real life to think my two-cents on music, or politics, matters to anyway, so I stay clear of that, too. I think most people can appreciate that.
Arpon can report whatever he sees. He is far within his rights to report what he saw. But keep in mind that he wasn't in town covering the Minnesota when others reported the boot. It's the playoffs and it's his job to report, so there should be no pushback.
You're just a little late.
Good question, considering what we've been talking about today. I think it's A) they're a good team. B) They play simple wherever they play, they don't try to get fancy C) Bridgestone is a very tough place to play. It wasn't built for hockey, it was built for concerts and the sound is tremendous.
I rarely publicly side with the Blues on a penalty situation because it's too easier for people to slap a "homer" tag on you. But we've seen similar situations hundreds of times in a hockey game and it's rarely been called that way. Furthermore, the officials had plenty of chances to call it earlier in the game and didn't. I didn't understand the call.
Yes they are both called Perry, and I would really like it if they start calling one of them something different next season.
I'm going to take a quick break and come back.
Ok, we're back ... let's take the chat up until about 3 o'clock and then I've got to get ready for a little bitty game tonight. If you've got the NHLnetwork, I'll be yapping about the Blues at 5:05 CT ... that'll give you a chance to make fun of my tie or my hairline or whatever you want.
It was a tough break for Allen and the Blues. I don't think we say they're in a 3-1 hole because the series started that way, but it would have been nice to see what could have happened in overtime.
We've already heard "Colt 55" used, but I don't expect his teammates to be using that anytime soon.
Looks like he'll be out tonight. I like his future, but he's got some growing to do. Pretty difficult for a 22-year-old to step into a new team midseason replacing a core player and expect him to make a noticeable difference. He needs some size so that he's not knocked off pucks as much and so he needs an offseason to get bigger and get more comfortable. But once that happens, I think there's a future there.
There were multiple mistakes on that play. Allen may have been a little indecisive, but it's not a mistake he makes often and it's going to happen. It just happened at the worst possible time.
Thanks for joining the chat. Parayko showed a lot this season but not taking a step back or even sideways. It's clear that his skills are legit: he can skate, he can escape trouble and he can shoot it. The fact that he was able to do it this year when teams knew he was and playing a top-four role after the Shattenkirk deal is pretty remarkable. There are always players who show a lot of promise their first couple of years and then tail off, but if I were putting money on one of the young defensemen in the league to turn into the real deal, he'd be a guy for sure.
Now here's some optimism. I don't know that Anaheim or Edmonton is a better matchup for the Blues. If the Blues got by Nashville, that would mean that they're playing pretty well of course, but Anaheim and Edmonton sure would be a challenge. The Blues had fits with the Oilers all season and the Ducks are finally proving in that series why good solid veterans like Getzlaf are so important and you can't count out their teams. Let's see what happens tonight and then we'll re-visit this question.
Not that I'm aware of. The question was asked of Yeo a few days ago and he said the team had not spent much time dealing with it, so I'm guessing none are truly affected.
I think we knew Ellis had the upside but what he's done this postseason has been impressive. I don't know what Hitch his feeling these days, but I've got to think he's pulling for guys like Pietrangelo, etc.
Good offensively, not so much defensively, much like his time here.
Thanks ... well, I think this time it's going to be a little tougher. Winning three to open a series is a lot different than winning three in a row to save your season. But if they play three more, two are at home (which as we've said hasn't been much help), but you have to like that.
Some people aren't going to like this, but you do have to keep that in mind. The Blues are going to be judged annually and I understand that. But in order to put yourself in a better position in 1-2-3 years, you have to make tough decisions that might set you back for a year. The Blues made those decisions this year and they're still in the second round. It's not going to be good enough for many who paid their hard-earned money to sit in the seats and I would never tell them otherwise ... especially for those who preferred for the Blues to build on the momentum that they created last year. But if you re-signed Backes for five years and kept Shattenkirk through the trade deadline and lost him this summer for nothing, you might have had a better finish this year, but I don't think you're any closer to a Cup in the next couple of years.
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And we'll end it there. Enjoy the game. Regardless of if there's a game Sunday or Tuesday, I'll be back here next Friday to take more of your questions. Thanks!