I was a little surprised to see Poganski in last night over Walker. With Poganski in the lineup _ and I thought he looked pretty good for the limited time he was in _ you had four checkers/grinders in the lineup in MacEachern, de la Rose, Brouwer and Poganski. If you're looking for offense, which seems to be the case, why not go with Walker. I saw what you saw on that Schenn play, but I think it's as much a matter of getting used to yet another new player on your line. Kyrou is a skilled passer.
If you go to NHL.com, click on the particular game you're interested in, and then click on "Gamecenter" for that game, the plus-minus for each player for that game is listed. As for Faulk, I guess I can say I expected a little more, but I think he's been above-average. This was a big adjustment or him on a couple of levels.
I'm sure like every pro sports league, the NHL would like to see more scoring. The main thing to me is that most of these goalies are so big. When the dimensions of the net were implemented way back when, goalies were _ what? _ 5-10, 175. Would it be blasphemous to the sport and all the great scorers off the past if the goals, as you mention, were just 2" bigger all around.
I think he's been pretty good along the boards and tough to move off the puck. Pretty good as a puck mover, although he's had a few head-scratching turnovers. Maybe I'm wrong, but I think if he had, say, four goals right now instead of one, his play would't be an issue.
I don't know about eighth, but if last season taught us anything, it's not to get obsessed with winning the division or certainly the conference. I always though the NFL was ultra-competitive from top to bottom. But I think that's even moreso the case right now in the NHL. It's all about getting in the tournament.
Thanks for bringing this up. Fitzpatrick actually has been with Brampton since the end of November and already has played in a couple of games for the Beast. I was told it was simply a matter of getting more chances to play. I believe Devin Williams is the starter in Tulsa and is playing pretty well.
A dissenting view on Faulk. . . . .
Given the way the Blues are built _ on defense and goaltending _ I'd say Pietrangelo. I don't know a lot about Hall, and don't see him play that often. They're not that different in age _ Hall is 28, Pietrangelo 29. I know Hall was injured most of last season, but hasn't done a tough offensively this season _ 6 goals. Anyone have any thoughts on what's going on with Hall this season?
Given the track record. You have to think the Blues will respond.
We'll see what happens. You never know what to expect from Armstrong.
Another vote of support for Faulk. . . . .
You make some good points. Even with these injuries, I think Armstrong views the window as wide-open to make another Cup run. Stranger things have happened, but I think as you suggest, it's hard to imagine a scenario where trading Pietrangelo in-season facilitates a Cup run this season.
Haven't heard anything here. The mystery continues.
I believe Armstrong has exterminators working around the clock to prevent mole infestation.
Sorry for the delay. I stayed at Centene after practice to get the chat started closer to 1 p.m. and occasionally have run into somebody, like an ex-Blue, etc., and conversations happen.
We'll see. I think a lot of that has to do with how the Blues are playing and if they still look like a Cup contender. If the Blues look like a Cup contender in January and beyond with Petro _ why trade him.
Not awesome. But pretty good. You need to play defense, you need to work in the corners, you need to win puck battles to earn what Jeff Gordon calls Berube Points. Kyrou is aware of all this. As I mentioned earlier he's getting every chance to succeed. Schenn line. . .power play duty. . . .
And as I mentioned earlier, from my football experience, it takes years to build up sources.