Hello to one and all from Edmonton. Suddenly we have a series. But suddenly we have no Vladimir Tarasenko. Barbashev is back. Game 5 tonight. Let's get to it.
I do not. But just watching him away from the puck during his last appearance _ Game 2 against Vancouver, he just doesn't look right.
It's not bad at all now that I'm out of quarantine. The weather up here is great _ in the 70s most days. I still haven't been outside much, except to walk to the arena, or to grab some takeout food. Oh, and there was a trip to the store for some provisions and that pilgrimage to do my laundry on Saturday. But now that we're out of the round-robin and into the real playoffs, the games are so clumped together, there's not a ton of free time.
Yeah, strange isn't it. I just think he's looked more decisive, more relaxed. He's taking the body more on defense and jumping into the play more on offense. Even before he scored in Game 3, it was very noticeable to me. I've said many times earlier that I don't think he's been terrible with the Blues, but he didn't look like a 3-time all-star, either. Granted, it's only a couple of games, but now I have an idea of why he was an all-star in Carolina.
Well, his career certainly will be in jeopardy if he can't get a handle on these shoulder issues.
I believe he's fine. Although he may be wearing that cage again tonight.
I think you're in the wrong chat, Joe. I'm sure there's a political chat you can find somewhere.
I've done a few phone interviews.
Yes. Even last season in the playoffs,, he and Gunnarsson kind of went back and forth in the lineup _ although not much back and forth has happened this time.
There was so much to ask about Tarasenko on yesterday's Zoom call that I didn't get a chance to follow up on that with Berube. Plus, there were a lot of non-St. Louis media on the Zoom, so the opportunities to ask more questions are limited. But after Game 4, Berube said he thought Blais was fine.
I wouldn't think they'd be sticking around. Three-plus weeks in the bubble I'm sure is long enough.
I'm sure they are. Most seem to keep track of the Cardinals. And many have been wearing Cardinals hats on their Zoom calls. I was surprised to see even Jacob de la Rose wearing one the other day. We had something about it online and in the paper a while back, but I haven't asked them about it lately. And from afar, I guess it's less of an issue now that they're playing.
No. Haven't really heard anything.
The best thing they have done _ so far _ is zero positive COVID-19 cases. Looks like the bubble concept is working. I still wish we'd get to attend practices. Some of the Zoom calls seem to be running short _ you know cut off quickly. But that's improving as the playoffs continue. The stadium set up is about as good as an be expected.
Yeah, I think you have to ride Allen as long as he's playing like he is. As for your second point, it's just two games right now. But if Allen keeps the net and leads the Blues on a long playoff run _ then yeah, you have an issue.
Especially with all the games being played in the U.S. that seems problematical. I guess it helps that they only play once a week.
Once we get to the conference finals, everything is played here. Both the East and West finals are here, and so is the Stanley Cup Final.
A little bit. But he's a pretty good skater for his size, can be physical, and is effective on the PK. I wonder what happens, though, if Barbashev is back in the lineup. Does de la Rose get scratched? Or is it MacEachern or Kyrou out tonight?