Hello again everybody. Nothing to talk about today is there? Let's get started.
I've found Allen to be very honest. And when he was talking about the team being scared to play in the third period, I think he was including himself.
There will be some roster changes before the homestand is completed. Fabbri and Soshnikov are in San Antonio for conditioning assignments. Gunnarsson was headed there after today's practice at the Mills. If all goes well, they will all be eligible to return to the lineup Nov. 1 against Vegas. Also Sundqvist has been cleared (both concussion and shoulder) and is eligible to play tomorrow night against Columbus. And as you may have read or heard, Sammy Blais was demoted yesterday to San Antonio.
You could be right, there. But again making an honest statement about his team's play while not mentioning anyone specifically _ I don't think that constitutes throwing your teammates under the bus.
For the most part, it wasn't an issue last season. Last season, they were 32-1-2 when leading after two periods. This year they already have lost twice (in eight games) when leading after two.
Wow. What a surprise. A Bouwmeester question. (I kid.) Yeah, that was puzzling. Dunn and Schmaltz didn't play a ton down the stretch. (Keeping in mind that the Blues were on the penalty kill for 2 of the final 6:10, and Dunn doesn't play PK.) Also Edmundson took a puck off the foot and maybe missed a shift or two. But your overall point is well taken. It looks like Yeo was trusting Bouwmeester more down the stretch in Winnipeg than Dunn or Schmaltz.
With Blais gone, Yeo has only two options for that third spot on the fourth line: Thomas or Sundqvist, who will be back on the active roster Thursday. Yeo wouldn't commit to saying who would it would be. But based on practice Wednesday morning, looks like it'll be Thomas.
Yeah, I guess you'd have to consider it. But I believe Panarin has made it clear he'd like to play for a big market team.
Yeah, but he's only been with Schwartz-Schenn for 2 full games. I'd give it some more time.
I'm not sure. The Central's so tough. And you know the old hockey adage: you can't play your way into the playoffs by (U.S.) Thanksgiving, but you can play yourself out of it by then. After winning only 2 of their first 8 games, the Blues need to win more than 2 of the 7 games on this homestand.
I'm sure he's a bit rusty after missing all that time and coming back from hip surgery. And the Blues are hoping that's the case. But we all know Father Time is undefeated.
As we all know, the plus-minus statistic isn't the end-all/be-all. But either you're on the ice when a goal was scored against you or your not. I think Petro is playing noticeably better lately. But I've said before I think Schenn has leadership qualities.
Geez, that's a tough one. You hate to be prisoner of the moment _ or as my longtime friend Bernie Miklasz says _ a member of Short Attention Span Theater. But I wouldn't think the Blues would be interested in trading, say, O'Reilly at this point. Or Perron. And why give up at this point on players like Dunn, Thomas, Kyrou?.
For one, I haven't been keeping a scorecard on what other Post-Dispatch writers have said or written about Bouwmeester, although I try to read anything written for the paper on the Blues by our other writers. Also, I said last year, that as someone new to this sport, I would be slow to judge. I thought Bouwmeester played pretty well in the preseason. But I think even a longtime football writer can see that he's hurting the team write now.
I am starting to feel more at home covering hockey. Although I don't have the institutional knowledge like I did in football _ where I was the only media member to cover all 431 Rams preseason, regular-season and postseason games in their 21 seasons in St. Louis. But I think I have a good feel for the team, for what's happening in front of me _ right now _ so to speak. I also haven't developed the sources on the hockey beat. Believe me, I'm trying, but it can take a few years to build up the needed level of trust. My stock line from last year still applies: I'm enjoying covering hockey more than I'm missing football. I've had a nibble or two from other newspapers about covering the NFL in the last year or two. But I like what I'm doing now.
I wonder if for starters, they just start him out on the fourth line for a while, until he gets his feet wet. And if he's overly sore, etc., they can sit him out for a game or two. Blues have been adamant that they want to be patient with Fabbri. They want him to be playing his best hockey down the stretch.
Agreed. As I see it, very few soft goals.
Well, most of the Blues top young talent is on the varsity. Thomas, Kyrou, Barbashev, Schmaltz, Blais (until Monday). Sanford scored two goals for them in four games and then got called up. Also, it's basically like an expansion team _ started from scratch. I wouldn't be too worried at this point. Although I don't think they'll be anything close to an AHL powerhouse this season.
Even I could tell that several of the calls in Winnipeg were marginal at best. But some of those marginal calls were against Winnipeg as well. I think it's safe to say several Blues weren't happy with the calls. I asked Schenn about it today after the Blues' Wednesday skate _ he was victim of one such marginal call. But he didn't want to say anything on the record.