I get that. And I'm not saying you settle for just making the playoffs. But half of the 16 teams that make the playoffs lose an opening round series. It's a mathematical certainty. It happens. Winnipeg is a team of young veterans who made the conference finals last year. You knew they were going to be a tough out. Except for Game 3, the Blues have played well enough to win three games in this series. Now the next two games may change my thinking, but I don't think the Blues overall play in this series has been bad.
Wasn't that tried already.
Not much any more now that I'm not covering football. I do keep in touch with Isaac Bruce's people because he's still so active in St. Louis. I did talk to Mike Martz yesterday _ I was just curious if he'd been contacted by the XFL. He said no.
You just get the sense that Winnipeg has found its game more than the Blues, so I want to say Jets in 7. But I think we should have all learned from what transpired over the course of the season not to write off the Blues. I'm as curious as the next guy to see how they respond Thursday.
I'm seeing what you're seeing. Makes me wonder if he's hurt.
I've got nothing but time here in Winnipeg today, so if you've got some questions, now's your chance. Don't be shy.
A little Towel Man never hurts. I wonder what kind of reception he might get in the land of the Whiteout.
I'm just getting to know these hockey writers. But downtown I'd take them to Charlie Gitto's. For a sandwich, I like Chris Dinner on Tucker (in the St. Louis U. law school building.) You still can't go wrong with the Broadway Oyster Bar. And there are all sorts of interesting places to eat on Cherokee St.
Bozak's obviously had a good series. Now, he wasn't nearly as effective in the circle in Games 1 and 2 (a combined 5 for 17). As for Sundqvist, he's never been great on faceoffs in his time with the Blues, but he's been decent this series _ 27 of 62 if my math is correct. Ideally, should Sundqvist be a second line center? Probably not. But with Schenn and Thomas playing wing, he fills a need and hasn't embarrassed himself.
I still regard Schenn as an asset. The price Schenn's looking for may determine if Doug Armstrong feels the same way. But I don't disagree with your overall point. It's only four games, but the playoffs are showtime.
Although that may have been the case at various points earlier in the series, I don't think that was the case Tuesday. It would be highly surprising to see Thorburn play in this series _ more than highly surprising.
I think that was the case early in the series, but I don't think that's as much of a factor now. The Blues actually outhit Winnipeg 33-27 on Tuesday.. I do agree with you that sometimes the Jets' size has given the Blues trouble when it comes to puck battles or simply knocking the Blues off the puck. I think the Blues have had trouble getting the puck out of their zone and through the neutral zone because the Jets' checking has been so intense, so smothering. They just haven't given the Blues much space.
OK, that's it for today. Appreciate the interest. You Blues fans are nuts, and I mean that in a good way. I'm really enjoying my first taste of the playoffs. And hoping there will be many more postseason games to come this spring.