Hello one and all. Our final chat of the regular season. Let's get going.
He wasn't on the ice for the morning skate. Berube said he had no further update. So he's out tonight.
I'm excited to see him on the ice for the Blues. I'm sure the adrenaline will be flowing for the big fella. Minnesota is a big, physical team. I expect Kostin to throw his weight around a time or two.
A little bit of both. He wants more emotion and intensity out of them. But he's resting some players (Bozak tonight). And looking at some players (Joshua Monday in LA and Kostin tonight and possibly Thursday, too.) He would like to see Blais, Dunn and Tarasenko in the lineup Thursday if possible.
I haven't confirmed this, but I think they'll be up to 5,000 for the playoffs at Enterprise. But nothing like 40 or 50 percent.
I would think you'd go 29-41 as your third pairing if that's the case.
Certainly based on their series with Colorado and Vegas, Colorado would be the preferred matchup. The Blues won their last two games against the Avs and four of their five-losses in the series were by one goal (if you subtract an empty net goal in one case). They haven't been that competitive with Vegas - 2-4-2 series record and losses of 4-1, 5-1 (twice) and 6-1. Of course neither is a dream matchup. But as talented as Colorado is, I think Vegas is a more well-rounded team.
We had more banter like this in the pre-Zoom days. And I miss it. So it was nice to see Monday. One of the best things about Binnington is that he'll occasionally give an answer you don't expect. And yes, it was a rocket. Media seating at Staples in the pandemic is only 20 rows up, so I got a good view of the shot, which was down at my end. But it's still a shot Binnington normally stops.
Not aware of any talks. And normally, Armstrong doesn't like to negotiate around playoff time.
. . . .their goalie gets hot and they play sound, disciplined, close to mistake-free defense.
Berube said there's a chance he plays Thursday. I think what we can expect is basically what we've seen this season, which is probably less than some of you hoped to see.
The Blues were desperate for a center when they signed Bozak. (Remember, they weren't sure the O'Reilly trade was going through at the time.) So they overpaid for Bozak. I suggested weeks ago in this chat that if the Blues could get Bozak back for say $3 million, they should go for it. Now whether Bozak is willing to come back for $3 million - I don't know.
Hah. Yeah, maybe that's a good idea. But who knows, maybe they can avoid Vegas altogether in the postseason. Here's how: Blues get Avs in first round, and Wild defeat Vegas. Wild, I believe, were 5-1-2 against Vegas this year. And so under that scenario, Blues get by Colorado and then would meet Wild in the second round.
And via a text from Tom TImmermann, he has confirmed via the team, that postseason attendance will be 5,000. Even at 4,100, I think the fans at Enterprise had an impact.
Biggest surprise in the West? I would say it being the Blues having to scrape for the final playoff spot in the West. Never expected that. Even with all the injuries. In fact, the Blues were playing better earlier in the season when they had all the injuries, and then started playing worse when the injured players started returning.
Well, I don't think the Blues have Kryptonite against the Avs. They went 3-5-0 against them. But it does seem like they were much more competitive against them than they were against Vegas.