I knew some people wouldn't be happy with that, lol
Schwartz has been good offensively in the series, one of the few forwards.
I haven't. I think they still feel good about the way they're playing and realize they're up 3-1 and haven't played their best. I think they're comfortable playing on the road too, and that helps. Also, Tarasenko hasn't scored and Stastny hasn't played. I don't think they're overconfident, but I don't sense the Game 4 loss has anybody in the dumps.
I'm waiting on Stewart and Reaves. Speaking of that, did they almost go in Game 4. I have a tough time seeing the scrums from the pressbox, but somebody watching on TV said it looked like Stewart wanted to go, but the Blues were getting a PP during the sequence and Reaves smartly backed out. Maybe no truth to that, but I was told that and wanted to know if anyone else saw it.
They are defending pretty well, but he's had chances. In Game 4, he was trying to be too cute. He can't cut across the ice and have a shooting lane and drop the puck. I realize if a teammate picks it up and scores, we're all praising Tarasenko, but he's got to shoot. He's had a decent series, but they need him to contribute offensively and despite the way the Wild are defending him, he can do a little more. Tarasenko always has breakout ability, so I would never bet against that.
You guys are all about the jinx today, ha! Thanks for catching and I have updated it to "Game 4" loss.
I know, I know, I'm sorry. Since you said that, I'm going all illogical with my next answer.
I think they'll get him. I'd give up Schwartz, Fabbri, Parayko, two No. 1s and see if they want Bobby Plager to be their goodwill ambassador in Tampa. I'm not sure if the Lightning would take that deal, but maybe you sweeten it up and offer to trade logos with them, too.
Now this is funny. I hadn't caught onto that potential storyline yet. Wow. Yeah, I don't think Oshie is going to Dallas. I'm not saying that people don't move on and money doesn't talk, but I'm guessing that if Oshie has his pick of 30 teams, he might find another place to go.
Well, I think everybody likes Barbashev's upside and he's handled himself better than most people would have guessed. But it's a bottom line business and he's played 15 1/2 minutes per game and has no points, playing with Schwartz and Tarasenko. He's young, no one is expecting him to light it up and many will argue that Lehtera isn't going to get you any points either. But again, Yeo said today that they're looking for experience. Remember, it was a meaningless regular-season finale, but Lehtera and Sobotka did hook up on a goal against Colorado. Maybe there's something there.
I don't think they've suffocated him. He's had chances. He leads the team in shots on goal. And it doesn't matter where you put him, they will find him.
From what I watched in that series, probably what added up to two games, the Predators look pretty darn good. Four lines, good defense and Rinne is on fire. The Blackhawks didn't play well, but Nashville had a lot to do with that.
Yes, they'll stick with the zone. It's their bread and butter since Yeo took over. Playing zone doesn't mean you're going to give up 40-50 shots every night. You can be a little more aggressive and limit the number of attempts. But the bottom line is they don't want to give up the Grade A chances and for the most part, they haven't.
They've got to do something, right? Back-to-back first-round exits. No way that sits well with Bowman and Co.
No, I believe it's only on NBC.
I'm going to take a quick break and I'll be right back. Thanks!
Back for more. Let's go another 15 minutes and then wrap things up. Thanks for being patient!
I knew there was an ulterior motive. You don't care about the chat, you just wanted to get an LGB out there. I see how this works.
Yeo didn't go public with it. He was asked about it and responded. He actually didn't want to talk about it until it was asked a second time. As far as the second part of your question, the line shuffling, they have to do something. I would say conversely that Yeo was pretty patient with the lines through the first three games when there wasn't much offense. The Blues were zombies in the opening period of Game 4 and the change did them a little good, but not enough.
I don't know if everybody saw this in my story this morning. Tarasenko had 16 goals in his first 24 playoff games, which is something fierce, but since then, he's had just three in his last 13 games. And you hate to calls goals meaningless, but one was an empty-netter in a 6-1 win over Dallas last year and two were against San Jose when the Sharks were leading Game 6 4-0. He made it 4-2 and the Sharks won 5-2. So not exactly crunch time. It shouldn't all fall on his shoulders, but he needs to be better.
Hopefully everyone read the question before that one and realizes we were having some fun. There's no way I would give up Bobby Plager.