Hello again everybody. Just back from some Blues interviews, they cancelled practice today, So lets get to it.
I did not. Usually I try to watch at least some of the game on replay when I get back from Enterprise Center, but did not last night. But he was in the locker room after the game talking to Robby Fabbri _ congratulating him on his goal _ and he looked pretty happy.
Jake Allen would not clear waivers.
I think Yeo is very loyal and respectful to Bouwmeester. This is a player who has been an top-flight performer for most of his career and Yeo isn't going to just throw him under the bus. Today, Yeo was asked about it today, and said physically the hip is fine but that Bouwmeester isn't quite back, which was a little confusing.
I know what you're saying. I don't know if the Blues can get away with putting Bouwmeester on IR, since he's been playing and practice and apparently hasn't aggravated anything. But I don't think he's returning to the lineup right away. It's only two games, but the Blues have given up only 1 goal in each of the two games Bouwmeester has been a scratch. Maybe it's just a coincidence.
That would be a better question for Jeff Gordon and his Friday chat.
It has been a bright spot. The Blues have scored more power play goals than anyone in the league right now, with 16, and that's more impressive when you consider that only Florida has played fewer games than St. Louis. The Blues didn't score their 16th power play goal last season until their 26th game, Dec. 1 against the LA Kings. This season, the Blues are third in the league in terms of power play percentage (30.8%) It seems to me that they work on it a lot more in practice this year. Three of the pieces of the first power-play unit _ O'Reilly, Bozak and Maroon _ are new to the team this year.. And Vince Dunn is getting regular power play work. I don't know it they're doing anything different schematically, although I do think Tarasenko is moving around a lot more. .
First off, I'll say that to me it was one of the least impressive 4-1 wins you'll ever see. But you also have to take into consideration Carolina's style of play. They entered the game leading the league in shots on goal (41.8) and leading the league in fewest shots allowed (24.6). They outshot the Blues 39-20, so it was pretty much a typical game for anyone that plays Carolina. Johnson was good, but he was able to get a good look at most shots, there wasn't much traffic in front of the net, and Carolina didn't get many rebound chances (partly because Johnson was so good at controlling rebounds). It makes a lot of sense that Armstrong would discreetly contact Quenneville on a "what-if" basis. Just to see if Quenville wants to return to coaching this year. But you also must consider the pricetag _ he's making $6 million a year. If you're Quennville, why wouldn't you just sit out the rest of the year and see what's out there.
Agreed about the D looking better. They've now won 4-1 twice (Toronto was the other one) with him out of the lineup. But I don't think the rest of the D was over-compensating for him during the games he played. The Blues still had a lot of trouble getting the puck out of their own end last night. Against a more offensively-skilled team, that could've been costly.
Looks like you sent this question in twice. I answered it below.
Upper-body is all we know. Haven't had a chance to talk to him since the injury. Yeo said he's day-to-day. My read: I don't think it's a long-term thing, but he could miss another game or two.
Yeo has made it clear on a couple of occasions that it's Armstrong's decision, not his. Yeo said Wednesday that he talked with Armstrong earlier in the day and the topic didn't come up. Thomas told me yesterday he had heard nothing from team management and/or coaches about his status. I guess we'll know for sure on Friday against San Jose. Of course, the Blues could continue to delay a decision by making Thomas a healthy scratch in that one.
Personally, I've been going back and forth on this one. First, I thought no way he goes back to juniors, then after he sat those four games, I thought he'd be sent down. Since he returned to the lineup, he has three assists in four games. So I guess, now I'm gonna say he stays. (He was in the building Wednesday at Enterprise Center.)
I know Sundqvist had the 2 goals against Vegas, but I'd rate them pretty even. Sundqvist is skating better and looks a little quicker than he did last year. His overall confidence is higher. But to a degree, their games are similar: defensive oriented, not afraid of contact, offensively limited. I think Barbashev's a little faster.
Yeah, there have been a few future Stanley Cup-winning coaches that have pass through StL. Quennville, Bowman, Al Arbour, Jacques Demers, Mike Keenan, Ken Hitchcock. Am I missing anybody.
Thx. I wouldn't think it would be a good thing to have your former coach and current coach on the staff at the same time. Might be kind of tough and a little confusing to the players as well, If Yeo was willing to coach in the AHL again, what to you do with Drew Bannister. You just hired him. I can't tell you what Armstrong thinks about Quennville, but of course he would have to have thought about it.
A voice of reason on a sports chat. I'm floored! :) And you're right about Tuesday's results. They don't give style points in the NHL _ just 2 points for a win and one for an OT/shootout loss.
I think there's a law of diminishing returns on changing coaches for shock value or to shake up the team. Didn't the Blues do that less than 2 years ago with Hitchcock/Yeo? Yeah, they made the playoffs in 2016-17, but didn't in '17-18. But I do realize it's all about the bottom line in NHL, as in all professional sports, and Yeo has to win.
As you've probably noticed, Maroon was on the fourth line against Carolina. But he's still on the first power play unit, so I think he stays in the lineup.