Sorry to report I've gotten a haircut. I feel positively refreshed. Though wearing a ponytail was a substantial lifestyle change.
I would certainly expect to see a Gunnarsson/Bortuzzo flip flop at some point. Games 3 and 4 are back to backs. That would be a likely spot for changes if they haven't already come.
I think they now have a pretty good list of things they shouldn't do and things they can't do. That may not be the best way to come into the playoffs, but it's what they've got. The forwards have to create more scoring chances, get more high danger shots, get to the net, get set up better in the offensive zone. They need to cut down on the scoring chances they give up. They will have to implement a whole new collection of things they haven't done before. That might be a tough assignment in one day. On the other hand, they almost won two of those games they played crappy in.
No, back to 20 players on the game roster. They could only have two extra in the exhibition game.
Practices are closed so we have no way of knowing. A lot of times, they're skating separately from the main unit to keep the number of players on the ice down, so Berube doesn't even see them.
When they do that, it's usually Faulk with Pietrangelo and Bortuzzo with Dunn. Scandella-Parayko stays the same.
It will be much harder to implement a bubble over an 82-game season. One advantage the NHL and NBA had was with the playoffs about to begin, a bubble would not be as onerous. A third of the teams were in there for just three weeks. Eight more will be going home in two weeks. Having every player on every team in a bubble for five or six months is not going to be popular and is probably not cost-effective for the league either. Whenever the 2020-21 NHL season starts, it's like going to look a lot more like baseball. Which is going to make things very tricky. Most leagues are hoping that by the time next season starts, the landscape looks much different than it does today.
No one on the Blues has played better than before. If you were handing out grades, I don't know that anyone gets anything above a B or a B-minus.
As Berube noted at one point, he was a player so he knows how they're thinking and he could tell the players were looking at these like preseason games. So that kept Berube from going nuts during that round. The only reason those games existed was because the NHL thought it wouldn't be fair to have these teams go up against teams that had already played in an elimination series if they hadn't already done something. Once you've got the threat of elimination hanging over you, that seems to get people's attention.
The magic power of suits.
Yes they do and there have games that have been delayed because there weren't. (Also, there needs to be a doctor in close proximity to the bench.) There also have to be two ambulances, so if one takes someone to the hospital, there's still one there. I've seen games delayed by that too.
Usually it's a simpler thing. Baby is due, you go home, the baby is born, you rejoin the team. There are a lot more complexities now, including that Barbashev could conceivably be gone for another two months. In the old days, you're back at the end of the next road trip. So to say, hey, enjoy that one day with your baby and say goodbye until October may be a bit rough and ultimately counterproductive. He's getting, what, four days post-birth before coming back? That's not terribly extreme, though the four-day quarantine at the other end makes it a lot longer.
There are going to have to be large changes even if they win the Cup with the Pietrangelo issue. Either the team is going to lose its captain and top defensive player or keep him and lose probably at least one player they would rather keep. Does keeping Pietrangelo mean they have to trade Schwartz? I don't see Armstrong ripping the team apart, because the foundation of the team, Schenn, Tarasenko, O'Reilly, Binnington, Parayko, are all signed, and that's a group that can give you some very good seasons. I don't know that anything could happen in the Vancouver series that would lead Armstrong to part with any of those players. But his hand will be forced by the salary cap to make some moves.
He has so far been the only forward to consistently produce. He might be best prepared to take that gauntlet in the Vancouver series, buying time for other guys to find their game. If the Blues have a long run, you'll see plenty of ups and downs among the forwards.
I'll have to ask Jim that. There's one concession stand open at the press level. I wouldn't think it's a wide variety of foods available.
The question right now is who is the third on that line after Sundqvist and Steen. MacEachern or Brouwer or someone else? Brouwer has the advantage of being a guy who can be physical but who you can move up in the lineup if you need to.