Hard to say. But it just works that way some times. How can the Wild be 5-1-2 against Vegas; the Blues 2-4-2 against Vegas; but the Blues 4-1-1 against the Wild (entering tonight's game.
Toronto, Washington, Vegas, Tampa Bay.
Thanks, yeah, I've seen that and as you mention, I don't see how that would apply to Tarasenko.
Nothing new. He skated with the taxi squad guys and extras this morning. Berube is still hoping to have him play Thursday.
Pretty good. Then again, Perron and O'Reilly can make a lot of guys look good.
He looks pretty close to me.
Could be very unpredictable. And think about this. Let's say the Blues go 7 games with Colorado in the first round. The would end up having played 15 of 63 games against one team at that point.
I would think almost certainly The Flower would get the lion's share of the starts.
That's the question. Isn't it. Based on what we've seen this year, I'd say no. But I don't think it's time to pass final judgement on Tarasenko simply because he's missed to much time. I think next season will be a beter barometer.
Very passionate. Very intense. But when things are at their worst, he seems to avoid going overboard on the team (for the most part.) He seems to listen to his players. And he seems very direct, and very honest by head-coaching standards. I would think the players like that.
First off, I think the Blues have a very good pair right now in Armstrong and Berube. But for the sake of argument, I'll got with Jon Cooper and Don Sweeney. (And I reserve the right to change my mind.)
Actually, I think he likes the idea of having someone like Kostin to kind of balance out that line.
I believe Walman's a different category because he already had 3 seasons of professional hockey entering this season.
First off, I think the Blues probably want Bozak back. And is Eichel really worth Dunn, Thomas AND Kyrou?
Yeah, that's kinda what I thought. Thx.
And I think Krug has done better in terms of the "getting outmuscled" category. Sometimes it's a matter of positioning as much as anything.
I'm sure Mike Martz would love the current rules in terms of how defenses can play and how quarterbacks are protected. As for why he never got another head-coaching job, or isn't working today, about all I can say is that Mike could be very hard to work with.
The current injuries are a different matter. But I don't think you can use the earlier run of injuries as an excuse. Because for the longest time, the Blues' record got worse as more injured players returned to the lineup. So yeah, I'm sure they miss Pietrangelo and Bouwmeester on defense, and they miss Steen's leadership. But I think there's more to it than even that - although I can't quite figure out what that is.
I've said this before, I don't think Hoffman likes what he's gone through this year, with the benchings, a drop in minutes, and spending much of the season on the second power play unit. But I have thought what if the Blues can't get anything going in terms of re-signing Schwartz? Would they push that money over to Hoffman?
I don't know if I'm ready to give up on Thomas and Kyrou.
I don't consider Faulk a small defenseman. He's short. But he's build sturdy and throws his weight around. But if you have Krug, Walman, Perunovich and Dunn all in your top 6, sure that could be a problem.
Answered this one earlier. But yeah, Montgomery has head-coaching experience. And former Blues assistant GM Bill Armstrong (now GM at Arizona) possibly could take a look at Ott or Van Ryn.
I think he must decide, pending playoffs, if the Cup window is truly still open. Guard against maybe over-reacting to what happened here in another strange pandemic season. I think you try to re-sign Schwartz but it's gotta be for reasonable cost and term. Decide if he needs another big defenseman. This shapes up as a tricky offseason.
Time to go. Thanks for all the questions. Until next time. . . . .