Yes, I do believe they hold that opinion.
I think there's a lot of truth to what you're saying. The Blues have concentrated so much on goal scoring (and the power play) that maybe some of their defensive fundamentals have suffered in the process.
A lot of teams seem to be playing more of a run-and-gun style. There are a lot of leads that don't seem too safe around the league. I can't sit here and tell you if this is the wave of the future in hockey, but an emphasis on youth, speed, and offense seems to be happening right now. But yes I'd like to see the Blues play more physical, so would Mike Yeo. He has mentioned it to us on several occasions already. And that means a lot more than just pounding on people. It means being more stubborn along the boards and "dirty" areas. Being tougher to budge in front of the opposing goalie, and moving people out who are in front of your goalie. Putting up more resistance in the neutral zone. And yes, the home-field edge at Enterprise wasn't much of a factor last season and appears headed on the same course this season.
This is my first trip to Montreal. I've been to every NHL rink except for Florida, Tampa Bay, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, San Jose, LA, and Anaheim. I should hit most if not all of them this season.
Well, it's actually 8:51 per game, but point taken. But there are only so many minutes a game, be it in 5-on-5 play or special teams. Who should he be taking minutes from right now?
I still think Bouwmeester has been effective on the penalty kill, but there are times he looks slow in 5-on-5 play.
Pretty dark assessment five games in. But I understand your frustration. Keep in mind, Armstrong just signed a four-year extension last season. So I think he could have a longer leash.
Come back to me after five or 10 more games and we'll see where we are.
The most surprising/disappointing thing to me about the team so far has been the defensive play. Defense has been the backbone of the team for years and it just doesn't seem the same so far this year. I can't think of one defenseman who has played consistently well. OK, Parayko maybe. And I realize that there's more to defense than just the D-men. While realizing that being professional doesn't mean you're not human, some of the mistakes made by veterans on defense have been head-scratchers. There is also a new defenseman coach this year as well.
Sounds logical, but not sure that either player would fetch much. Bouwmeester is 35 and Gunnarsson is coming off a knee injury (and isn't expected to play until November).
I think you're making an apples and oranges argument here. The Knights had a chip on their shoulders as a team composed of players no one else wanted _ they called themselves the Misfits remember? That was a rallying cry and a bonding thing for the team from day one. They all stepped onto the team and the team systems from Day 1 as well, all learning it from scratch. Not players who had played in the system for a year-plus, and others who were just stepping in like the Blues.. They also rallied behind the tragedy in Vegas before the start of the season. And I believe what they accomplished was a hockey miracle that won't be repeated for a long, long time.
They'll certainly be better. But as each game goes by we all keep wondering when the light switch turns on.
They haven't reached that point with Bouwmeester. They want Husso to get more seasoning in San Antonio.
I'm not answering the questions necessarily in the order received, but bouncing around on the list.
Well, not making the playoffs for one. But Armstrong, remember, is the guy who brought in Yeo. So firing Yeo would also reflect poorly on Armstrong.
You're right. That seven-game home streak will be key. But Blues better bring back some points from Canada as well.
As a group, Maroon-O'Reilly-Tarasenko isn't the fastest-skating group around. I don't know what to tell you about Bouwmeester._ he still may not be 100 percent after the hip surgery, but he played pretty well in the preseason. I think Allen has played pretty well the past two games, focused, tracking the puck well. We'll see what happens tonight.