I think Van Ryn sticks around because he's helped that defensive unit and he's the Blues fourth defensive coach in four seasons and that group needs some continuity. Everyone likes Steve Ott, and players give him a lot of credit for the work he does with them. A year ago, he was one of the top votegetters in a players association poll of assistants who could be a head coach some day. How Berube would look to fill that opening would be up to him but someone who could help on the Blues mercurial power play wouldn't hurt.
Anywhere there's glass, if it's over it, it's delay of game. Shooting it into the bench is not delay of game.
It's hard to believe that McGuire can't get it right after all this time. It's one thing if you're a rookie, but the guy's been around for a decade. And it's not as if everyone else in the world doesn't pronounce it correctly. And it's not as if he's never spoken to Pietrangelo.
It will be an interesting contract negotiation with Edmundson, who we all figured would be in line for a decent raise and multiple years this time around. Being a healthy scratch in the playoffs can't be great for one's bargaining position. Still, I think in two years, you'd rather have him than Gunnarsson, and there's certainly plenty to work with there. Moving a talented young defenseman doesn't seem like the kind of move the Blues would make, unless they get a talented young defenseman in return. To wit: a hockey trade.
Former ref Kerry Fraser sure seemed to imply on his Twitter feed (@kfraserthecall) that he thought the Blues should have gotten a five-on-three in that situation. Watching it live, I thought that; I haven't closely looked at replays since then.
Colorado's got a really good top line. If the Blues could shut them down, they'd be in good shape. A lot would come down to which Martin Jones shows up for San Jose. If he plays like he did in the regular season, or early in the playoffs, the rest doesn't matter. He's better in the playoffs. Lately.
Right now, him or Jaden Schwartz.
Teams that win usually get along great and have positive outlooks. Teams that lose usually don't. So if Berube got the team winning, and that got the team got the team happier, then he gets credit for it. But Berube does, it seems, have a more approachable, player-friendly demeanor that the players have taken a liking to, and that seems to have clicked in before the winning began. Sometimes teams don't need that to get along. Sometimes if everyone doesn't like the coach, that can bring a team together too. Nothing like having a common enemy.
Kucherov seems to be everyone's choice to win. Kane would have gotten more consideration had the Blackhawks done better. You can only vote for five, so the ballot fills up pretty fast. And regardless of how their teams did, guys like Crosby and McDavid are really good players. Gaudreau made my ballot.
Not really a question here ...
As Alexander Steen has told me quite a few times, "I'm not really into comparing." Playoff officiating always seems to take a minimalist approach. Watching the Boston game last night, there was the goal that was allowed because of "continuation of play," but how many times in the regular season did we see that waved off because the refs said there was the intent to blow the whistle. I don't know if I saw "continuation of play" mentioned all season. And I think the league should have come down on Brad Marchand for his post-whistle cheap shot yesterday. Not like it's the first time for him.
Questions are running low, so if you've got something to ask, now would be a good time.
Jeremy Rutherford and I used to bet on every Blues game. We'd use some method to determine who got first pick, and then as long as you were right, you'd get to keep picking, with a dollar riding on every game. I think at the end of one season, I was seven dollars ahead. Here were two guys who watched every game and every practice and we were right only a little bit more than half the time. I say that to say, "What do I know?" I keep think there will be a game in this series that will go against form and have one team win easily. This might be the one, and the Blues certainly have shown a knack for winning on the road. But based on how things have gone, a 3-2 win would fit in pretty well.
I haven't heard anything lately on Mike. I think he's back in Minnesota. I don't know that he would get a share of the playoff pool, considering when he left the team; probably not, but I could be wrong.
It happens a lot, usually with the offending player pretending like he's trying to get up but he's stuck somehow. I don't know that it happens more than normal in the playoffs, but it happens. With so much riding on each goal in the postseason compared to the regular season, anything you can do to get an edge, especially since the refs are often reluctant to call something if no punches are thrown, it's worth a try.
I have no idea. But he had his father as a coach in Russia.
Looks like the leader in the poll is for the Avalanche to advance, but only if the Blues advance so the Blues can eliminate them. The Avs being eliminated as slowly as possible just edges out the Avs being eliminated as quickly as possible. And 11 percent said they wanted the Avs to advance regardless of what the Blues did. Proving that we have readers in Denver.
OK, then unless someone is typing very slowly, class is dismissed. Game time will be about 8:45 and here's hoping the game ahead of it doesn't go to overtime, so NBCSN doesn't have to figure out how to get Blues fans to the start of the game. Until next week, take care and thanks for stopping by for a few hours.