As younger players, I think Thomas and Kyrou are still being molded and are capable of being Berube-style players, at last to some degree. With Hoffman, I think you knew he was too far along in his career to change much, coming in. There have been times in the season that Berube said he had no problems with Hoffman's defense. But defense, forechecking, grinding has never been strengths in his game. If you were expecting him to come in and excel at that, you were fooling yourself.
In a word: Yes. Defense. Goaltending. Special teams. With or without all the injuries, there have been times when all could've been better.
Husso will get his share of starts. But right now, at least, Binnington remains the guy,.
Yes and no on the defense. Yeah, they've tightened up lately. Nonetheless, I don't think giving up three goals to an Anaheim team that ranks 29th in scoring (2.22 goals per game) is cause for a parade. When the offense is struggling, you have to win some games by 2-1, 1-0, 3-2. The Blues have done very little of that.
Again, I'm not enthralled with Taylor Hall. As for the big picture, these next 10 days before the trade deadline (6 games- 2 apiece vs. Colo., Vegas, and Minny) will have a lot to do with what Armstrong does. Or at least tries to do. At the end of the day, think it will be harder to deal in the pandemic age.
There's still time for this team to find jell. But we're running out of runway to land this plane safely. The most puzzling thing to me is that the won-lost record has gotten worse as the injured players have started to return to the lineup. I figured there would be some adjustment process, because a lot of these returning players have been out for extended stretches - especially Tarasenko. But shouldn't the jelling process be happening by now?
Hard to say. But since he's back in the lineup and playing on the second line, he hasn't had much time to reflect.
I don't know. For a team with this much talent to be in a desperate fight to make the playoffs - even with all the injuries - well, it's very surprising to me.
I think you have to do better than .500, especially considering the easier schedules for Anaheim and LA. The Kings have only eight of their 23 remaining games against the Big 3 (Colo., Vegas, Minn.) The Coyotes have only nine of their remaining 21 against the Big 3. The Blues have 17 of their rmaining 21 against the Big 3. So it will be tough to expect a better-than-.500 record, but if the Blues are near the top of their game, they certainly can beat Colorado and Vegas. As for Minnesota, based just on that one Blues game vs. the Wild, I wasn't tremendously impressed with Minny.
Not sure there would be much of a market for him. But yeah, based on what's happened recently and with the Blues returning to health, I certainly wouldn't rule out a trade at this point.
Well, if anyone knows, it's Elliotte. He does a tremendous job.
No, but it is taking on water.
Barbashev practiced Tuesday, alternated with Bozak as a center on the 4th line Berube said it's possible he could return on Friday vs. the Avalanche. Parayko practiced again with the full squad on Tuesday, but Berube still isn't certain on a Parayko timetable.
Are we talking about Taylor Hall here? If so, Ill say yeah, that's possible. But he hasn't scored more than 16 goals since the '17-18 season.
Sure, it would help. And to a large degree it has been missing lately. But I think the Blues have players on the roster that can do that now. Sanford, Thomas, Schenn, Schwartz, O'Reilly, even Kyrou has shown some ability to score up front. But I look at the forwards and see 7 players who have scored 20 goals or more in at least one season. Some who have done it many more times than once. Some who have done 30-plus. That should be plenty of firepower. Did all of these guys suddenly get lousy? Suddenly forget how to score? So I'm not sure if there are necessarily any missing pieces up front. Now that almost all of these pieces are healthy, they need to start playing to form.
I think you're right on this. Preferably a big righthander. . .like Parayko.I believe Krug has a full no-trade clause.