I wondered about that myself. And I did ask Berube what he thought of those penalties. In Berube's defense, I think it was more than just one or two penalties at the time of Perron's benching. He'd had a string of them in recent games prior to his benching.
I'm wondering about this. As ugly as that third goal was _ and the second won't win any beauty contests either _ it was '"just three goals. In my mind entering the Dallas game, I thought if Allen had one of those four_, five-, six-goals allowed nights, maybe the Blues go with Binnington against Montreal? Tuesday's performance has me right on the edge of that. We'll see Thursday morning. Also, factor in Allen's home numbers and the fact that there are so many road games ahead, where his numbers are so much better.
I don't know, but this is a good question to ask Gordo in his Friday chat.
I'm sure many feel the same as you do. And I'm not saying you're wrong, not by a long shot. I'm just saying I'm not there yet.
Does the name "Sam Bradford" ring a bell?
Yeah, I think the lottery odds last year were 18 percent that Buffalo would end up with the No. 1 pick. Which they did.
Jake Allen is 14-14-4 this season. The question should be: The Blues have proven they can be a .500 team with Allen is goal. . . .
Of course, there's a responsibility to ask the tough questions. It's part of the job. But asking a "tough question" isn't yelling, name-calling, going for the hot-take. And there's only so far you can go with Berube. Sure you question him on lineups, strategy, playing time, etc. But not on the big-picture stuff. He is after all a caretaker.
I get what you're saying. But Berube said he had a plan in goal and was sticking with that plan. Yes, Binnington was impressive against Philly, but the Flyers were a last-place club, in the midst of a losing streak, that's had trouble scoring goals most of the season. It's not like he blanked Wayne Gretzky and the 1985 Edmonton Oilers.
Just signed that contract extension a year ago. I think he gets one more coaching hire.
You may very well be right. Let's see what happens here. All I'm saying is there doesn't seem to be a market for him at this point.
I believe it was the worst goal allowed in NHL history. But no, I think he's had a few go under the arm like that.
And I think other teams are more decisive. Quicker, crisper with their passing. Sometimes it seems to me like the Blues are too deliberate. Also, too fancy. I'm a big proponent of putting pucks on the net. You have an extra man _ so you have a better chance in theory to be there for any rebounds.
My read just from my time on the beat. Allen is an average to good goalie that hasn't shown he's capable of carrying a team like the great ones do. His numbers were a lot better (before my time) when he had a better cast around him. You can look that up.
He's not there yet, but I think Kostin has a chance to be a good NHL power forward. Although he may have gotten carried away at the World Juniors, I like his passion. That's never a bad thing.
I think the Stanley Cup playoffs affected the Blues thinking on this. The more the playoffs went on, the more physicality entered into the equation. Especially the finals. For all their skill, both the Golden Knights and Capitals played heavy, physical hockey. And that probably influenced them in the pursuit of a player like Maroon for example.
Without looking into the records, I'll simply accept your point and move on.
I think you've got some options in San Antonio. I don't think the Blues should give up on Schmaltz just yet. I wonder if Mikkola will be deemed ready by next season. Reinke, Walman also there.
They have been lately: 23 blocked shots against Pittsburgh and the NY Rangers 20 misses against Pittsburgh.