OK, I believe this is a first in P-D Blues chat history. Blues media session over, leaving TD Garden via Uber en route to hotel to write. Call it the mobile Blues chat. Just saw sign: USS Constituttion, Next Right.
Thomas did not practice again today. So pretty obvious he won't play Thursday. So it's doubtful he plays at all the rest of series, even with two days between games from here on out. As we've reported, it's a wrist injury.
I do believe the Blues on this one. The only way he might have aggravated the wrist is by force of the collision.
Cassidy wouldn't rule out Chara on Weds., but he didn't skate Weds. so that's not a good sign. Grzelcyk skated Weds., but with a no contact jersey on. Cassidy said he's still in concussion protocol.
Barbashev had a season high for minutes _ 17:27; Sundqvist's 19:32 was his 4th-highest ice time of the season; and Steen's 17:38 was his highest since Dec. 27 (against Buffalo). Berube liked what he saw of them against the Bergeron line, so he kept rolling them out there against them. Obviously that'll be tougher Thursday without the last change. But obviously, Berube will enter the game with the idea of pairing them up against the Bergeron line as much as possible. The Bozak line is the line that suffered the most in Game 4 because of that. Blais (6:57) and Bozak (11:27) had their lowest ice time of the playoffs; Maroon (9:39) his second lowest. Without the last change, the Bozak line figures to play more.
The former Blues captain has been a pest, an agitator, and yes, a complainer.
Eight days back would be quick, but return time on concussions varies from case to case. I think almost invariably in the NFL, the player misses at least one game, which would mean two weeks between games. Remember, Grzelcyk went to the hospital that night for tests and observation which tells me it might not have been a run-of-the-mill concussion. But hockey players are, uh, different. Look at Dunn playing without protection w/what basically looks like a broken jaw. It seems like Gary Bettman basically ignores the concussion issue. There is a concussion protocol that sounds pretty similar to the NFL version. It includes a baseline test.
Lou Korac and Tom Timmermann, who are Ubering with me today, say the coaches will call out the line. Usually it's the center's number or name they call out. With the Blues, assistant coach Mike van Ryn calls out the d-pairing.
Yes, please try again. I try to get to all questions.
Whenever the Blues are struggling on the power play, one of the their answers almost always is that they have to be more direct and put more shots on net. And we're hearing some of that again. As for any technical adjustments, I can't tell you because I don't know. The return of Vince Dunn obviously helps. He is not shy about putting the puck on the net. Strangely, the Blues didn't practice their power play today.
It's possible, although it seems the speed and skill thing is here to stay. But I've written and mentioned on many occasions that Doug Armstrong (and Mike Yeo at the time) thought that last year's playoffs got more physical round-by-round, especially in the Cup Final between Vegas and Washington, and it influenced the team's offseason approach (particularly when it came to adding Maroon). So I'm sure teams will take a look at this when constructing their roster.
The "long change" refers to the second period when the goaltenders switch nets. So teams have farther to skate (from the bench) in this period to get down to defend their net.
I do not. Perhaps someone on the chat can help.
By the way, we're at the hotel now. Mobile Blues Chat has ended. Thanks for helping make history.
The refs have alternated by game: It's been Steve Kozari and Kelly Sutherland in Games 1 & 3, and Chris Rooney and Gord Dwyer in Games 2 &4. So if you follow that pattern, it would be Kozari and Sutherland in Game 5. The Blues have gotten Kozari and Sutherland six times apiece in the playoffs (although in tandem only 5 of those times). In the 5 times Kozari and Sutherland have worked together in the postseason, the Blues are 2-3. The Blues have had Rooney and Dwyer seven times in the playoffs _ five times as a tandem, and the Blues are 5-0 in those games. Rooney, by the way is from South Boston, but Blues fans should have no problem with him on the scene. Including games in which Rooney did not work with Dwyer, the Blues are 7-0 in the postseason when he works a game.
I don't know if it's supposed to be that way, but I believe the suspension was partly due to the fact that Grzelcyk was hurt. I think Grzelcyk lost his balance trying to change directions, and that's why he was injured. So I don't think you can blame Sundqvist for that, but the NHL ruled that Sundqvist had time to change directions and soften the blow, which I think is debatable.
I firmly believe that ship has sailed.
I'm not sure to tell you the truth. Again, can anyone out there help on this one?
With a maximum of only 3 games remaining, I think anything is possible in terms of playing time..Plus from here on out _ starting with Game 5 _ there are two days between all games instead of just one, so players have an extra day to rest between games. As I mentioned in the previous answer, it does look like Bortuzzo is in and Edmundson out for Game 5. So while the Bruins are in scramble mode on D because of injuries, the Blues have a surplus _ seven guys they're choosing from. I believe because of the face injury, Berube wanted to ease Dunn in and limit his exposure, so to speak. But Dunn was playing so well, Berube said he actually played him more than he intended in Game 4.
Good question. He certainly got it in there quick.