Hello again everybody. Steen hurt, Fabbri gone, vets on tryouts, Blues on top of West, and here comes Kostin. What's on your mind today?
I'm not sure exactly what you're referring to, but if you mean Berube saying after the morning skate that it was a game-time decision whether he or Gunnarsson would play against Arizona, I wouldn't read much into it. I just think he didn't want to tell the media at that time who would be in the lineup. He gets that way sometimes.
I just know his stats. In 17 games with Djurgardens in the Swedish Hockey League, he has 8 goals, 3 assists and is minus-2.
Good question. He wore 24 in San Antonio, but 37 with the Blues in camp this preseason.
I'd say a fair amount. although he wasn't on the western Canada trip.
Possible, but I don't think likely. A more possible scenario would be either plugging him into the third line for de la Rose, or moving Blais up to the O'Reilly line, scratching Sanford and having Kostin on the the third line.
I didn't think Arizona was one of the Blues' best passing games period. Too-many ill-advised, or high risk passes. (Like that Perron backhand right to Keller in the slot that set up the Coyotes' first goal.) But I agree with you on your general point about Parayko. He's too good of skater to have to force passes if they're not really there.
Well, thanks for that. Stick around and don't be shy if you have a question.
In terms of being off the roster? I don't think that happens. For one, Kostin may be up with the Blues only until Brouwer and/or McGinn are ready. The Blues may not sign either Brouwer or McGinn, may sign one, may sign both. A lot of variables at play here. But I don't think it will be at the expense of Sanford.
That's before my time on the beat. Perhaps some of today's readers will weigh in on that for you. Or you can ask Gordo on his Friday chat.
Yeah, as I mentioned a bit ago, it could just be until Brouwer and/or McGinn are ready to go. But if Kostin gets in a game or two and plays well. . . .
I know this may sound odd since they have players named McDavid and Draisaitl on their roster, but maybe the Edmonton Oilers. The addition of James Neal has helped add some scoring, especially on their power play. And the Oilers' defense is better than I thought. I thought the Islanders would dip without Lehner. Obviously that hasn't happened. I'm not really surprised by Vancouver and Arizona _ you could see them building last year. Arizona plays very good defense. I guess I thought Nashville would drop further back to the pack this year than they have, but maybe I'm overrating the loss of Subban.
It may be nothing more than the fact that Brouwer and/or McGinn aren't ready to play yet and the Blues are playing a back-to-back this weekend and have no spare forwards.
Yes, I'm not entirely sure but I think it might involve the trip to Anaheim and Vegas in mid Ferbruary.
The Blues don't have many fighters minus Maroon and Edmundson. Then against, there aren't many fights in the game these days. Blais and Barbashev certainly will through their weight around. (Barbashev has the only Blues fight this season.) Schenn isn't afraid to drop the gloves. And I don't think MacEachern would be either. You saw Sundqvist jump to the aid of MacEachern the other day (Calgary). So the Blues have a heavy, physical team without anyone really who would qualify as a classic enforcer.
When a team is winning, like the Blues were during their seven-game winning streak, coaches usually don't change the lineup. I think that's part of the reason why Bortuzzo hasn't gotten into the lineup lately. Maybe that changes now that the Blues last in the shootout Wednesday. And no, I wouldn't use the term "injury depleted" to describe the Blues either.
If Kostin comes in and plays, and plays well, that could definitely change the dynamic. I don't want to put a number on the odds, but I'd be surprised if they didn't sign at least one of the two PTOs. (And remember, once Steen returns in a few weeks, that Brouwer and/orMcGinn could be released.
I think in Sanford, Berube sees a player who is more defensively sound, could establish in theory a net-front presence (hey, that'd be a good name for a pocast, wouldn't it?) and would be more physical. With the possible exception of defense, not all of that is happened _ at least not all the time _ with Sanford.
Not sure on that. McGinn has had only 2 practices with the squad; Brouwer 1.