I'm gonna say 9. And that's assuming: 1.) Arizona ends up losing today; they're down 3-1 after 2 at Minnesota; and 2.) One of those 9 is this Saturday against Arizona.
Hah. I do think Dunn has played better lately on defense. But we'll see how contract negotiations go leading up to the expansion draft. Dunn is arbitration eligible this time around as an RFA. But if I had to guess right here and now, I'd say Dunn doesn't return next season.
Now, the answer to the question about Hoffman on the 1st power play. I agree with your premise. But who do you take off the first power play? It would have to be one of the wings _ either Peron or Tarasenko. Unless Tarasenko gets hot, I think I'd try Hoffman in place of Tarasenko and see how that goes for a while..
I'll have to double-check on this. I'm not sure about this. Sorry.
Yes, it's certainly nice all the way around to have a competent team.
I checked with Armstrong on Toropchenko about a week ago, and Toropchenko is still working his way through some military service issues in Russia. Kostin's team is playing Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals tomorrow in the KHL. If they lose their season's over and I would assume the Blues try to bring him over. If they win, they're onto the finals. As for Alexandrov, the Liiga in Finland just completed its regular season I believe today. Alexandrov's team has advanced to the wild-card round of the playoffs.
Yeah, not sure on Oleksiak. That might be a better question for Gordo in his Friday chat. Maybe having Parayko back and playing better with each game lessened that need in management's eyes. Colorado has been vaccinated. Bednar said, in fact, that some players were experiencing fatigue after getting their shots. But I don't know about any other teams.
Obviously, Fabbri hasn't turned around the Detroit franchise. But you'd have to give the edge to Detroit.
I guess. But you'd be basing that decision on just 25-30 games of Walman. (At least in the regular season.) Not much of a sample size.
Yes, depending in part on how Husso does over the rest of this season. Hofer and Ellis are both a couple of years away presumably from being serious NHL roster candidates and need some NHL seasoning. But they certainly are considered bright young prospects.
I get what you're saying about Hoffman. But Hull was a 40, 50, 70, 86-goal scorer. As lethal as that Hoffman shot can be, he's not in that neighborhood. And I know all things are relative. The game is not as high-scoring now. But if Hoffman was consistently putting up even 30-40 goals, you could forgive a lot of other sins.
Not sure what to tell you here. But Bortuzzo hasn't played since getting outmuscled in front of the net for a goal in that 6-1 loss to Vegas
I haven't really seen much of Neighbours except for camp and a couple of WHL highlights on the internet. But he's a bigger body than Schwartz - about 6-0, 200.
Here you go, more advice for those looking for Blues games on TV. . . .