Really? Wow. Why didn't it click in Toronto. Right now, Calgary (which is here Thursday) and Nashville also are a couple of puzzling teams.
You'll still see them paired up at times during games, but yeah, we haven't seen that to open a game since Game 4 in Ottawa. I don't have an answer for that, but obviously he wasn't crazy about what he saw.
Hard to disagree with you at the moment. That's for sure. In just six games with the Red Wings, Fabbri's already seventh on the team in scoring (3G, 4A). He's getting 16 minutes of ice time per game and is plus-1. And the Red Wings have perked up in the won-loss column, going 3-1-2 since the trade. Let's see where things stand at the end of the season. As for de la Rose, Berube thinks he has more to his game, but it's clear he hasn't shown much so far in St. Louis.
Programming note: We've run through the list of questions. If you've got a question, now's your chance.
No, he didn't really expand on Kostin's play when a few of us met with him today at Enterprise. I like the way Kostin drives the net, and tries to establish a Net Front Presence (copyright, Jeff Gordon of the Post-Dispatch).
Well, Reinke's still injured at this point. But there doesn't seem to be a lot of room for upward mobility at this point for the San Antonio guys. But that could change. Up front does Sanford hold his spot? And what happens with Steen after this season? Walker has never scored more than 17 goals in a full AHL season, he's already got 11 in just 17 games. Very speedy player.
It seems to me that he's always shortened his bench to a degree in close games, even last year. But it's also interesting since he's made such a point of the need to conserve energy and manage minutes for the long haul of the season coming off the Cup run. I guess, when you're trying to close out a win and get two points, it's tough to stick with the managing minutes approach.
And is it just me, or does it look like Tampa Bay is trying to play a heavier style. That's the impression I got after last night's game at Enterprise. And as I alluded to earlier, Calgary, which I think we'd agree has a lot of skill and skating ability is also struggling and now below .500 (10-11-3).
You know, before Steen was hurt I wondered if the Blues might make him a healthy scratch just for rest purposes on the back end of a back-to-back. But I think hockey coaches _ certainly Berube _ are on high end when it comes to being superstitious. Berube just doesn't seem to want to change the lineup when the team is winning, especially up front.
For one, I think many goalies are humongous these days. Doesn't seem like there's much empty net to shoot at.
OK, looks like that does it for this go-around. Should be an interesting week or so with a couple of games coming up with Nashville, a return matchup in Tampa, and a tussle with what looks like a revived Dallas team. As always, thanks for playing.