Hello again everybody. We're live from the event level at TD Garden in Boston. As you probably heard, no Thomas tonight. Dunn remains out for Game 2. What's on your mind?
Wow. Kind of a gloomy start to the chat. Let's see what happens in Game 2.
Texas T! How are you. Haven't had any clam chowder yet. I'm more of a chili guy anyway.
Oh, I give them a good chance. They've almost always responded well after a loss, particularly in the playoffs. They've lost two in a row only twice in these playoffs. I think the Blues will make the necessary adjustments when it comes to minimizing penalties, better puck clearance and more offensive zone time. And keep in mind these stats on Binnington after a loss: 11-2-0 with a 1.81 goals-against average and .936 save percentage. That includes a 5-2 mark in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs (1.84 GAA, .937 SV%)
I'm sure there are many who share that thought.
You can never go wrong with Sunny. Based on the morning skate, he will be on the second power play unit, which should give him more touches, more opportunity.
As to whether the Game 1 outcome changes my outlook on the series. No. Now if the Bruins win tonight _ well, then obviously yes. But if the Blues leave here with a victory, then they will have taken home ice away from the Bruins. They lost 6-3 in Game 1 in San Jose, and things turned out fine for them.
I don't know how they looked during the National Anthem. But they certainly didn't look nervous in the first period.
He does have 14 points in 20 playoff games, and his faceoffs have been better lately. Yes, he needs to get a couple in the net. For sure. I think he's got a little something going on injury-wise as well.
That would be great. I'm sure Bobby Plager will be there.
It's not like I've made a scientific survey or anything. But yeah, even with Rask's stellar play in the playoffs today, I don't get the impression Bruins fans are totally sold on him.
In his first seven games since being re-inserted into the lineup, Blais led or shared the team lead in hits, averaging 6.6 hits per game. But he had only 2 in Game 6 against San Jose but he was back up to 5 hits in Game 1 against Boston, which tied for second-most on the team. But yeah, I don't think he was as noticeable against the Bruins. I think he's been OK in terms of puck possession, although the occasional fancy move that worked earlier this season or even earlier this postseason don't always work in the Stanley Cup Final. But no, I don't think he's on a short leash.
I think one of his strengths is his positioning and general ability to track the puck. There are times when maybe you felt he could move a little quicker on the wrap-around attempts but I don't see it as a problem overall.
Well, you got your wish. And I think it has been fun. An Original 6 vs. a Second 6 is always a good matchup.
I would think it's because he's not playing. And won't be playing unless something happens to Rask. I think we had someone from the P-D contingent at his podium Sunday at media day, but there were other stories deemed more pressing _ or more newsworthy _ to get published.