Kyrou basically has been a point per game player for San Antonio this season _ 43 points (16 goals, 27 assists) in 44 games this season. The Blues want him to be stronger on the puck and play better without the puck at the NHL level. I believe their thought process was that he'd be better served logging heavy minutes in San Antonio than getting limited minutes with the Blues. With the intensity racheting up in these late-season games, the Blues might be thinking he'd have a tough time just stepping in to any kind of substantial role at this time of the season.
Agreed. Heavy is best for these Blues. I think they have to win two of three on this road trip. As I mentioned early in this chat, Ottawa is struggling big-time lately. And so is Buffalo They are 2-9-2 since Feb. 15 and are winless in their last five (0-4-1). So Ottawa and Buffalo, those are two games you simply have to win, and then you take your chances against the Penguins.
We've hit a lull here. Now's your chance to get a question in.
It's all good. Enjoying the strech run here.
While keeping in mind that all it takes is one mini-hot streak of 4 or 5 wins in a row to solidify a playoff spot, I'm gonna say Dallas and Arizona. They both have hot goalies in Bishop and Kuemper. (Yeah, I know Kuemper got shelled Monday in Chi., but his overall numbers since the start of 2019 are among the league's best. And Bishop is a on shutout spree.) Dallas also has one more game (13) than the other three teams. Dallas and Arizona also have easier schedules _ they each have only 4 teams currently in playoff position remaining on their schedule. In comparison, Colorado has six and Minnesota 9.
Sorry, I got the order of the last two questions mixed up. As for Armstrong and the owners meetings, I haven't. In fact, I'm not sure I've seen him since the league meetings wrapped up.
They flew back from San Jose. Even with the OT and the time change (losing 2 hours), plane landed shortly after 10 p.m.
Yes, it's something constantly mentioned by Berube from what I can tell. I think one of the problems with Schwartz's lack of production, though, is that he isn't going nearly as much to the net _ period _ in my opinion as he did last season. As for Steen, he's had a rough season with injury and illness. He was sidelined with shoulder problems earlier in the season, and it looks like he's still having shoulder issues (although I can't say with certainty that it's the same shoulder.)
I've been told by someone I trust that it is not shoulder or concussion related. I believe it is an elbow injury. Looking back at the TV replay, there were at least two instances where he fell on his elbow(s).
It's his left leg. When he left the ice, he was favoring it. And after the game, as players threw their equipment bags on a vehicle to be taken from Enterprise to the IceZone for Wednesday's practice, he was walking gingerly. Beyond that, I can't tell you how long he will be sidelined.
OK, we're going to wrap it up. It was great to be back on the chat today. It went by quick. Tom Timmermann is on this Blues trip. Be sure to check him out in the Post-Dispatch, Stltoday.com and on Twitter @tomtimm. . . .As always, thanks for playing.