Again, I think you have keep riding Allen as long as he's playing well and you're winning. Especially in this series. During the regular season, you can have the patience to let a goalie work his way out of a slump. Not so in the playoffs, because a couple of bad outings and you could be heading home.
I'm sure it's humbling, but at his core Binnington is a team guy. If we had locker room access, we'd have a chance to ask him about it, but there is a pandemic going on, so you live with it.
Barbashev is eligible to return tonight, so we'll see. I would be extremely surprised if Binnington is the goalie tonight. Why would you make a change at this point?
Other than bumping into each other in Game 3 when one of them should've just grabbed the puck _ leading to the Pettersson goal _ I think they've been fine.
As of right now, we don't know if Pietrangelo will be back or not. That obviously would free up a spot. But no matter what, I think Perunovich gets a long look in camp. As for Dunn, you can't trade a player unless he's under contract. And right now Dunn is an RFA without a contract. Unloading Dunn won't free up much money though. He counted only $722K against the cap this season.
That's a good question. We all know how Berube likes to stick to a lineup that is winning. But if Barbashev is in the lineup, like I mentioned earlier, I think the odd man out is either de la Rose, Kyrou or MacEachern.
II like the Vegas matchup more, simply because I don't think Vegas' defense and goaltending is as good as Colorado's. The Blues have shown they can score on the Golden Knights with four goals in the round-robin meeting, preceded by four and five goals in their last two regular-season meetings. Trouble is,, Vegas has scored 6, 5, and 6 goals, respectively, in those games to win all three (the 2 regular-season ones in OT.)
Not really. But he's played a lot of games for Boston over this season and last. It's been more of a 1/1A time share with Rask. So I think they'll be fine.
Yes. It's so quiet during the timeouts and between the periods. And you can hear a lot of the chatter on the ice.
Kyrou looked great in Game 3, but in part because he doesn't play on the PK, his time was limited in Game 4. Sundqvist actually took some of his shifts on the Schenn-Bozak line in Game 4. But I think Kyrou's speed has really helped the Blues both on offense and defense. I'm curious to see if Kyrou's still in the lineup tonight with Barbashev back.
I'm not really familiar with the specifics of the Toronto bubble, but I know the players there do have access to BMO Field, home of Toronto's MLS and CFL teams, so they can go out there and kick a soccer ball or throw a football around.
Even though he was able to skate back in St. Louis, he hasn't played or practiced with the team since Aug. 2 (their round-robin opener against Colorado). So Berube may want him to get in another practice or two before playing him. But if he's in tonight, again, I think it's at the expense of either Kyrou, de la Rose and MacEachern. De la Rose's PK abilities may keep him in the lineup.
Tampa Bay just beat Columbus in OT, so the Lightning join Vegas in moving on. And the Blue Jackets join the Blackhawks in heading home.
It sure looks that way. The Blues have averaged 37.5 hits per game so far and the Canucks didn't look too lively on their skates as Game 4 wound down. We'll see if the Canucks are fresher tonight _ they should be after a day off Tuesday.
I don't. I think it's gotta be either a nose or jaw/mouth. And with any kind of serious jaw injury, he probably doesn't return to the game.
Hard to say. Hockey is that way sometimes. Pietrangelo said they were better at blocking shots. Berube pointed to the will to block shots and tightening up the middle to prevent those seam passes from Quinn Hughes that were so effective in Games 1 and 2. I thought the Blues were a little more aggressive in jumping out to contest pucks. Also, the fact that Vancouver did seem to wear down maybe took some oomph out of their power play.
It could be because Steen and especially Barbashev have been out of the lineup. Both normally are among the team's core penalty killers. And even if it's not on the power play, I'm sure Faulk is happy to get the minutes.
The problem though, is that if Allen's gone and Husso doesn't become the backup, you're probably going to have to spend at least $3 million for a decent backup. So you wouldn't be saving all that much money over Allen's $4.35 million cap hit. And the only reason why you'd move Allen is to create cap room to re-sign Pietrangelo.