Let's face it. Winnipeg is a more skilled team overall. But if the Blues were more decisive on the back end, more crisp with their passing, and winning more puck battles to maintain possession time, the speed and skill elements the Jets possess would be neutralized to a degree.
As I mentioned earlier, I think he's spending so much time on being physical he has gotten out of his overall game.
Winnipeg update: BenFred has left the hotel. I assume he's getting lunch. I'm still in the lobby drinking coffee.
I can't disagree w/any of that. Again, it's all part of dictating the pace and style of play as much as possible. Getting to your game, not theirs.
Three games in this series have been highly-entertaining tossups (Games 1, 2, 4).. The Blues obviously laid an egg in Game 3.. The series is tied 2-all. Did you really expect the Blues to sweep against a talented Jets team that has given St. Louis fits over the last couple, three years?
As I mentioned earlier, I'd like to see Blais get a chance.
You Blues fans are so spoiled. Don't get me wrong. I get the whole no Stanley Cup championship. But you've been in the playoffs 42 times _ more than any other non-original six club. The team consistently wins. I covered Rams teams that had 10 consecutive non-winning seasons, whose average record was 3-13 over a five-year stretch. Perspective please.
Be more decisive in getting the puck out of your own zone. When you wait too long to set up behind your own net, it allows the Jets to set their defense. Be a little more judicious in clearing the puck. Merely dumping it into the neutral zone just gives the puck back to Winnipeg and yields possession.. Be more aggressive in your O-zone. Challenge the Jets. Put some shots on goal just to put some shots on goal. You never know what might happen _ it could bounce in off the goalies mask, or deflect in off a stick. More net front presence, which takes possession time to set up.
I think the Blues' identity is pretty well-established under Berube. O-zone time, grinding, winning puck battles. Net front. Dirty goals. Playing a heavy style. Counter-attacking when you get the chance. Get the defense involved in the offense. And yes, I very much think the Blues can win if they play to their identity.
Interesting observations. As for the penalties, or lack thereof, I don't know what to tell you. It's a fast game and I'm sure it's hard to see everything. Even so, hard for me to fathom how there can be 14 penalties called in Game 3, and just 3 called in Game 4. Maybe it depends on which crew is working the game.
I guess. But a well-executed chip can be very effective.
Momentum definitely has swung Winnipeg's way. But this team looked done on Jan. 2, right? If you're a fan, why give up on them now?
No as a sportswriter who's supposed to be objective, I've never purchased a jersey. However, my son's band _ The Few (check them out if you like alternative rock) _ has band members who have Schenn, Binnington, and O'Reilly jerseys. Interestingly, it's an O'Reilly Buffalo jersey since the guitarist in question is originally from Buffalo.
Stan, those legal fees have to be piling up. That must be aggravating.
He's been awfully good for Dallas this year _ when healthy.
We'll see. It's not like Fabbri made a huge impact in Game 4, then again, that's not totally unexpected given his lack of playing time.
I guess the expression I heard recently sums it up best. In the playoffs it's as much about will as skill.
Kyle Brodziak explained to me what poutine was last season. His brother owns a restaurant in Edmonton called the Local Omnivore, but I've yet to make it over there. Alas, the only poutine I have tried was at the Urban Chestnut in the Grove. (Does than even count?)
I've been especially impressed with Bortuzzo. He's had his wrist cut. Took that shot off the ribs (it looked like).Saved a goal Tuesday after the puck got past Binnington. And for a guy not especially known for his puck-moving ability, has done well skating the puck out of his zone.
Check w/Gordo on this one in his Friday chat. He has a much better feel for the league as a whole than I do.
Agreed. It has been a problem, and very often it has been the forwards caught puck-watching more than the D-men. Also, I think the Jets have been trying to exploit the Blues in man coverage situations _ it was either Little or Ehlers the other day who mentioned that the Jets wanted to maintain possession and keep the Blues moving around until they made a mistake. The Jets also view the Blues' defense as big and physical but not the quickest. So they've tried to exploit that by keeping them moving around as well.