Hello again everybody. Happy Halloween. Let's get to it. On the goalie situation, no official announcement from Yeo today after practice. Allen says he's ready to play Thursday but has not been told he's starting. I'm thinking it's Allen. As for Bouwmeester, Yeo has a lot of faith in him. He played a lot better vs. Chicago.
That's a tough one. Based on Wednesday practice, Gunnarasson will sit Thursday (with Dunn and Schmaltz on the third D-pairing). Now the Blues could keep 8 defensemen on the active roster once Bortuzzo returns, which of course would mean going with only one spare forward. Does Thomas get sent back to juniors at that time? Does Soshnikov get sent down _ he would have to clear waivers?
Did you watch the Chicago game? He played pretty well. I'm not saying that will be the case long-term over the course of the season, or it will be the case even Thursday against Vegas. And yes, "cash" can sit and watch when you're in the business of winning.
I'm gonna say .05 percent. As a fourth-line guy, he'll get only 8-10 minutes..
The all-22 in football was needed to watch the line play. Because watching the TV copy didn't really show (on a consistent basis at least) what was going on in the trenches. You don't really need that in hockey, because for the most part everything is in front of you. I tape all the Blues games - or I should say, my wife tapes them _ and when it's a home game I try to watch at least part of the game when I return from the game that night. You can always learn something or see something you didn't see live watching something a second time.
It hasn't even been a week since Bortuzzo went on IR and the Blues said he would be re-evaluated in two weeks. My experience from last year was that the Blues were in the ballpark on their injury timelines. In other words, if they said it was a six-week injury, a guy would be back in six weeks, give or take. So I don't think the Blues are being any more vague than usual on this "lower-body" injury.
I haven't heard of Yeo roaming the hallways of the IceZone at night after games eating cereal in his sweatpants like Linehan used to do at Rams Park after losses. But yeah, that was an "interesting" postgame after Columbus as well as the Friday practice press conference. The coach and the team seemed shook by the loss.
I wouldn't say all of Armstrong's moves are head-scratching. That Brayden Schenn trade seemed to workout pretty well, don't you think? And getting Sanford as part of that Shattenkirk trade doesn't look to bad right now either. But yeah, the Jerabek trade didn't make much sense to me from the beginning.
Boy, the conspiracy theories are big today. As you may have noticed, Husso wasn't exactly tearing it up in San Antonio (1-6 record, 3.19 GAA, save percentage .887).
I'd think he'd be fun, but the format of these chats isn't really to have guest chatters.
I sincerely appreciate the effort but I wouldn't rate this on the high end of Halloween jokes.
You have to remember, this is a guy who has seen next to no action in nearly two years. It may take him a while to return to his past levels of play. He may not get to those past levels this season, or even at all. So this is a case of uncharted waters. At a minimum, I would think Fabbri would have the fourth-line role for a few weeks. And assuming he stays healthy and stays on the ice, it then becomes a question of who he replaces in the top 9. Iif there's not an injury in the top 9 creating an opening, that may be tough. Who goes down to the fourth line? Maroon? Sanford? I don't think it's Steen or Perron. .
Perron seems to be fitting in nicely. He had 10 points (5 goals, 5 assist) in 10 games. On a team with only five players on good end of plus/minus, he's a plus-2. Scoring hasn't really been a problem; the Blues have 36 goals in 10 games. Last year, in 10 games they had 34 goals (and were 7-2-1). I still wonder a little about team speed. None of the players added in the offseason are fast skaters. And I don't think Yeo would mind a faster pace if the Blues could do that and remain responsible defensively.
We will have learned that they continue to lack consistency and have been unable to put two good games together. I think we're all waiting for the switch to go on and stay on. Not that we're expecting a 10-game win streak or something like that, but at least some sustained stretch of good play and successful results.
Fair question. But Sundqvist has played pretty well in his two games. He can kill penalties, plays good defense, isn't afraid to block shots or run into somebody. Sunny also looks quicker and a little more confident this year. I don't view Barbashev sitting out against Vegas _ and that's the way it's looking _ as anything that's necessarily permanent or longstanding.
Will try to remember to ask. Yeah, that play drives many of us press box observers nuts.
Well, we've seen it at times. But at other times we haven't seen it. Like against Columbus for example when Sundqvist got smashed into the boards and down to the ice by Pierre-Luc Dubois and nobody came to help. But other times we have seen players sticking up for the teammates.
Not aware if there is any interest from either side. The Blues certainly have all kinds of former players on their payroll in various capacities.
Early on, Yeo has tried to put some scoring potential on the fourth line. At various times you've had Thomas and Blais, Sanford and Blais, Blais and Kyrou, and now it looks like Fabbri and Thomas on the fourth line. Even the third line of Maroon-Bozak-Steen has six goals and 11 assists in 10 games, so I'd say that's more than a defense line. For now, you'll see at least one scorer on the fourth line in Fabbri.