Tarasenko has eight hits in the past two games. Not sure if the one that got him a penalty against Winnipeg counts.
I'd say six points on this trip is optimistic. But the Blues are at a point that with their record, you look at every game and they're going to be an underdog.
I think the Blues would have tried if Vegas had not given him a very sweet deal this offseason.
One would think the GM would hire a coach who would implement the players he's signing, or that they would work together, or that the coach adapt his system to the players.
Considering the ice time Schmaltz gets, I don't think the Blues see him as taking Pietrangelo's place. There are a lot of games where he barely plays in the third period. Seems to me he hasn't gained their confidence. That's one of the things with any talk of trading Pietrangelo. Replacing him is awfully hard.
It's probably only three or four times you've read it, but considering the number of games it seems like a lot. Why and how it happens, I have no idea.
This was one of the first questions asked and it fell to the bottom as others came in and I didn't get back to it, in part because I still haven't figured out who works best alongside O'Reilly and Tarasenko. Maroon, who started the season there, may have worked better than anyone, though Sanford is having some success there now. Fabbri-Schenn-Thomas seems to be working, though when Schwartz comes back, I'd want to put him there and move Thomas. So then you're looking at Perron-Bozak-Thomas, which drops Steen and now I'm all confused. You could have a fourth line with Steen, Sundqvist or Barbashev and Maroon or Sanford. When everyone is healthy, there are a lot of possibilities.