Probably a better question for Jeff Gordon on his Friday chat. He has a better sense of the league overall. But I'm puzzled as to why Tampa Bay and Nashville haven't gained much traction. And I sure liked what I saw from Vancouver when the Blues played them twice early in the season. I don't think the current elite teams are going anywhere either: Washington, St. Louis, New York Islanders, Boston, and I guess we can throw Stan Kroenke's Avalanche in the bunch as well..
Good for you. I'm sure it's the gift that keeps giving. Just curious, How are you watching the replays? Does FSM ever replay Game 7?
With 11 starts and almost at the exact midpoint of the season, it's still a small sample size for Allen. Especially when you consider he's had only two home starts. Maybe I'm wrong here, but at the current level of play maybe it's somewhere between 67-33 Binnington and 60-40 Binnington in terms of starts the rest of the way. A bigger question to me long-term is what happens in the playoffs if Allen continues to play well? Do you work him into some playoff games?
Of your trio, I like "Ain't no stopping us now." But maybe this is a disco-free season. Remember, the players have insisted it can't be contrived. It has to be organic.
Interesting comments about Parayko. For more than a year, I've sensed he's held in greater esteem around the league than generally in St. Louis. And I do think it helped having Robinson around last season (he's still around this season, but not as much) did help Parayko's play, especially in terms of stick play.
Yeah, on paper, it looks pretty good, doesn't it? I'm thinking on that third line, a veteran presence like Bozak would help youngsters like Thomas and Kyrou. And not sure if Bozak has much experience on left wing.
Not really. I wonder if players have certain rinks they like or not? There seems to me to be more variance in how pucks bounce off the boards.
Well thanks. I feel so much more comfortable covering the team this year. But I also realize that there are a lot of readers on this chat who know more about hockey than I do. I try to avoid "faking" an answer, when I don't really know the answer.
The routine on the road is that I take all but one of the preseason games, and then do 30 or 31 of the 41 regular season road games. When you include preseason, regular-season and playoff games, I covered 102 of the Blues' 114 games last season. Some year before I retire, I'd like to cover every game. Overall, I take great pride in the fact that the Post-Dispatch covers EVERY game _ home, away, preseason, postseason. It's quite a commitment by the P-D. Other than radio rightsholder 101.1 FM, no other media outlet in St. Louis does this. Most don't come close.
Jake Allen had the start against Edmonton. And over the other three games during the pre-Christmas homestand, Binnington was the No. 2 star against Vegas, and wasn't among the top 3 stars against Chicago or Colorado.
I believe it's at Anaheim (Feb. 11) and at Vegas (Feb. 13) this year. Nothing can go wrong here, right? It's just another great one of those hockey traditions.
I'd say McDavid. He is so smooth that you don't truly realize how fast he's going. But I'll add this _ I don't think Kyrou has reached top speed yet since returning from his kneecap surgery.
Yet, I think there are some people in Boston who still can't believe the Blues won.
Appreciate it Barry, thx.
OK, we've run through our list of questions. Pretty steady flow considering we're in the Christmas break. If you have a question that you wanted to ask, now's your time. The floor's yours.
Oh, I'll try to ask him if I get a chance.
Nothing new that I know of. I'd guess he's $9 million-plus.
At this point, I don't think so. Although I know some feel he'd make sense.
That'd be a fun matchup. And a tossup series I think. The Blues did well against Washington last season, winning both games. They squandered a 2-0 lead in the this year's opener only to lose 3-2 in OT. I guess I'd pick Washington in 7, unless the Blues can stay out of the box and keep the lid on Ovechkin.
Thank you T-Bone. And with that we'll close it out for this week. We'll be back to our regular 1 p.m. Wednesday chat next week, with the estimable Tom Timmermann fielding your questions.