Hello again everybody. Game 3 tonight. Just filed a blog. Lots of changes on the power play. A false alarm on Robert Thomas' status. D-pairings back to where they were at start of Game 2. Let's do this hockey. . . .
As a group, it has to rank as among the best. Especially when you consider that the Blues have ranked among the league's stingiest in terms of goals allowed. It's not the fastest, quickest group. But they are big and rangy. And they've been among the league's highest-scoring D-corps.
I'll say this about Pietrangelo. When we've asked him throughout the year about other Blues making bad mistakes in a game, he consistently talks up the player in question and says that everyone makes mistakes in hockey _ they're human. That's a sign of leadership. So yeah, it was a bad turnover. It came at a bad time. And we reported it, but I'll leave it to the "hot takes" people to skewer him for it. Overall, he's played pretty well this postseason, so much so that entering this series a writer from a paper in Toronto _ you know, the hockey capital of the world _ contacted me on Pietrangelo because he was including him in a story on Conn Smythe candidates through the first two rounds..
You know, that's a good question. And I forgot to bring that up to Berube today after the morning skate. With all the out-of-town media covering this series, I can't hog the questions like I do sometimes in the regular season. But the pairing they were using previously had worked well enough to get the Blues this far in the playoffs, so Berube decided to go back to them.
All right, who in high school was better than Bishop?
Obviously, he's got something nagging him, but nothing bad enough to keep him out of the lineup. This is the second time in a week he hasn't been on the ice for a skate, but I see nothing obvious. As you know, at this stage of the game, nothing short of a severed limb will keep a hockey player out of a Stanley Cup playoff game.
Thx for the kind words. I know just enough this season to be dangerous (at times). I'd like to see Thomas on the first unit, maybe on the point, dishing, directing and setting up. He's a guy that can create space and put pressure on defenses. Don't know if that makes any sense, but that's what I think.
Thank you for contributing this. I had forgotten some of those names. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm not sure Brown, Kunin and Federic have become full-time NHL-ers just yet.
Again, I think it's common practice to see the warts in players in your own city because you're watching him all the time.. Just like Colton Parayko. I think there would be a long line of teams pursuing Parayko if he were on the market. In the case of Pietrangelo, I think the pluses far outweigh the minuses. He's not the flashiest player, but he's very effective. He had a rough start this season, but he also had newborn triplets in the house. That had to be an adjustment _ especially to your sleep habits. Any way, I agree. The Blues need to extend him.
I think this would be a great idea. Do you work in media relations?
I don't know if Bishop played in-line or not.
Gunnarsson told me this morning that he's 100 percent and ready when needed. I don't see his return to the lineup imminent _ not after Bortuzzo's big goal (and overall strong game against San Jose). And Edmundson seems to be playing well, too.
Not sure. Del Zotto has puck-moving and passing skills, and still has a pretty good shot. But I'm not sure if his defense is exactly what the Blues want in the playoffs.
I think overall, the Sharks have more recognizable names among their forwards. And their top-end forwards have better numbers than the Blues. So that could be it _ a case of "brand name" recognition. But I do think from 1-12 you'd have to give the edge to the Blues. (Even if Oskar Sundqvist doesn't have much name recognition.)
Even though I praised Pietrangelo in an earlier response, I'd like to see Dunn on the point. (Or maybe Thomas.) I'd like to see the Blues put more shots on nets. And I'd like to see more one-timers.
Not sure what you're asking here. Do you mean plus-minus leaders? Do you mean who's hot and who's not?
Roy, I can always count on you for at least one off-the-wall question. No I can't imagine Richie Incognito on Ice. I think the "primal fear" element in the NHL is largely a thing of the past.
Tarasenko hasn't spoken to the media since just before Game 7 against Dallas. He's usually not in the locker room during the media availability sessions. He seemed to be more active in Game 2. The guy has scored 5 goals in these playoffs, so it's not like he's fallen off a cliff. And yes, I know only one of them is a 5-on-5 goal, but it's not like power play goals count for one-half of a point. Goal-scorers aren't totally happy if they're not scoring. I can remember Paul Stastny joking last season about Tarasenko pouting when he's not scoring. But the Blues did win Monday, so I'm sure he's happy about that.
Oh-oh. A purist here. Did Toe Blake just join the chat.