I think it gets back to the chemistry question. Can this team mesh quickly? Can there be enough pucks to go around to keep a veteran-laden team _ especially Mr. Tarasenko _ happy?
It's not that he was terrible. Just wasn't that noticeable on the ice. Didn't make much happen. I can't say that I can recall him having any great chances. Again, the intensity of this game was turned up a couple notches. Also, he found himself going up against the Capitals' top line last night. Again, the dynamics change once you get to about the last 3 preseason games. Most of the cuts are made by now. You're facing NHL players now.
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Sure all teams are optimistic this time of year. Just like football teams in August and baseball teams in March. But the players saw the additions. They saw management step up. There is a sense of optimism in the locker room and anticipation. (Haven't heard "Male Sheep" in a while _ well done.)
I appreciate your enthusiasm. But I'm gonna tap the breaks on that one a little bit. But I like you am a fan of skill on the ice.
Bortuzzo is a righty shot, so I think next up would be Schmaltz who's a righty. Walman and Mikkola are lefties.
Not even close. Rams in a landslide.
Good point. But I'm not saying the Blues can't get there. I'm just saying it may take a few games. And what Vegas did last year was basically a sports miracle, wouldn't you agree.
Yeo has mentioned he likes the tandems of O'Reilly-Tarasenko; Schwartz-Schenn; and Steen-Bozak. That he might be more likely to tinker with the third person on those lines but envisions keeping those pairs together. But yes, that's another factor to consider _ how these guys will mesh when the invariable line-juggling occurs. Again, I want to emphasize, I don't see this being a season-long issue _ unless there are some ego issues (which I don't see at this time) _ just a potential early-season thing.
Looks like he's slotted for a third-line winger. He's a guy that can help on the PK and the power play. I know his production has gone down each of the past four seasons _ from 64 points to 46 _ and he's 34. But he plays with passion and intensity, is a smart player. He didn't have an injury to recover from this offseason, and didn't have his thumb broken in the first preseason game like he did last year. The Blues have more potential scorers this year, so I would say something in the 40s point-wise would be in the realm of possibility.
Perhaps. But I don't think we'll see another expansion team have a season like this in a long time _ maybe never. Let's see how Seattle does in a couple years.
The current roster has 33 players. That includes G Opilika, F Foley (concussion), F Soshnikov (concussion), F Sanford (who's missed last 3 preseason games after death of father). I don't see any of them making the opening day roster. That gets you down to 29 players. D Walman and D Mikkola get sent to San Antonio, 27. G Husso goes to San Antonio 26. D Gunnarsson (hip/knee) not ready; nor is F Fabbri (groin, hip, back, coming back from knee surgery). That gets you to 24. And I'll say the last cut to get you to the regular-season limit off 23 is C Sundqvist.
I don't know if it's just one thing. He's got the body type of a power forward, and isn't afraid to throw his body around. Just didn't do much either in Traverse City or early in camp. Mike Yeo said it looked like he was almost trying too hard to impress in developmental camp. Keep in mind the guy is only 19. It was a tremendous adjustment coming to San Antonio from Russia. His command of the English language wasn't very good. Example: He had to get help in his earliest days with the Rampage just to order a pizza. The hope is that a full year in San Antonio with Blues coaches, trainers, etc. will work wonders for him.
No I don't. Then again, as an NHL rookie a year ago, I didn't notice that last year.
I could be wrong. I'm not exactly Mr. Hockey (yet). But I think Johnson will be better than expected. Again, his career numbers entering this season were better than Carter Hutton. I think he will greatly benefit playing on a better team with a much better defense. I'm gonna say 25 starts, subject to change if there's another January swoon for Allen.
I don't know why the MLS couldn't play in the Dome for a year, assuming the financing is in place, etc. for a new stadium. (Couldn't you roll in natural grass, if that were a sticking point?) I believe the MLS still would love to be in St. Louis. I think the ownership group that was in place before the city vote on the stadium can still be assembled. When you had an ownership group willing to shell out $270 million and needing "only" $60 million from other sources to make it work, you're too close to let that slip by. It would be great if the state and county pitched in with the city to help make it happen. It's not like you were asking the region to come up with $400 million for a football stadium with the owner (Kroenke) putting up zero.
As we sit here right now at this moment, I say yes. Remember, Kyrou can be sent down to the AHL. For Thomas, because of his age, it's either the NHL or back to juniors.
The trip to Washington for Sunday's preseason finale will be a team-bonding trip. Think the team is leaving Saturday _ normally they leave day of in preseason and return same night. And I think they will check out the nearby Naval Academy on Monday in Annapolis. As an Army guy, this will make me extremely antsy. For sanity's sake, I may have to bring along some Army garb. #GoArmy!BeatNavy!
Obviously, I'm immersed in pucks this time of year. But I keep an eye on them. Will try to catch some of the Thursday night game. At this point, they look like the best team in the NFC. After all those bad teams in St. Louis, that makes my stomach turn a little. And did I hear this right? Did some of the Rams do the Bob 'n Weave last week? Sacrilege, I say!
Biggest surprise: 1.) Mikkola. 2.) Blais. Biggest disappointment. 1.) Fabbri (because of continued injury issues). 2. Kostin. As for Petro and the Norris, certainly he deserves to be in the conversation. Whether right or wrong, you've got to do some scoring to win the Norris. And I wonder if he will get as much power play time this season due to all of the other options the Blues have there this year.
OK, looks like that's it for today. We'll see you next Wednesday, 1 p.m. puck drop, on the eve of the regular-season opener against Winnipeg. As always, thanks for playing. . . .