It would be easy to imagine him getting a right field start in one of the games, given Fowler's struggle in right field. Like I said earlier, I expect Shildt to keep spreading his outfield at bats. O'Neill is due to get a start or two ahead of Bader center field
I'd say a bad sign, since some of these contracts are robbing players of major earning power down the road. They are grabbing the guaranteed money because otherwise they would make a fraction of their value for several years under the current system. The players will need higher minimum salaries and a faster track to arbitration and free agency in the next contract. Those will be strike-worthy issues.
When did I pick the Bruins to win the Cup? I do like Boston as a strong candidate in the East, but I also like Tampa Bay, Washington and Pittsburgh too. But your campaign for the Blues to through offer sheets on Toronto RFAs remains futile. That's not going to happen.
Game 1 of the Blues-Jets series was pretty even. Winnipeg was better early and the Blues controlled the play later. Perhaps the Jets had more near-misses offensively, but I do think the Blues reversed the momentum in that game and earned the victory.
Sure, Columbus could beat Tampa if Bobrovsky plays out of his mind. A hot goaltender can win a series and Sergei can get as hot as anybody. He hasn't done that before in the playoffs, but that doesn't mean he can't do it. Unlike the NBA playoffs, any of these teams could advance and at least a half-dozen of them are equipped to win 16 times.
Shildt drew favorable coverage for rallying the Cardinals back into the hunt last season. The national view of Matheny was mixed, at best, in recent years -- so Shildt earned some of his praise by simply not being Matheny. Going forward, it will be interesting to see if Shildt makes a mark tactically. So far the bullpen has made him look smart by stacking up scoreless innings. Everybody in the current group is succeeding at the moment. Distributing the outfield at bats might be his biggest game-to-game challenge. The infield is set and health will largely dictate the make-up of the starting rotation.
Backes doesn't have much to do on that team. He is not integral to the power play or the penalty kill. He is not fast and Toronto, as noted weekly in this chance by a Maple Leafs fan, attacks with speed. Backes could be headed toward a buyout.
Does he have an Instagram account? Has had typed mean things on Facebook?
The Beard will not play tonight. There will be no hunting down of Mark Scheifele, who swears he would never, ever run a goaltender. It is worth nothing that the oft-maligned Colton Parayko did hammer Scheifele into the boards later in the game. The Chief would like to see more of that from No. 55 tonight.
Game of inches! That would be a good advanced start, although there is a big difference between inside of the post vs. outside of the post. Some of the shots that make noise weren't THAT close to going in.
Bader is 2 for 18 in his last seven games and he is batting .189.
I believe there is a good chance of a partial punishment reduction, specifically that ban. That costs the school a lot of money from postseason conference revenue share. If the punishment holds, then Missouri should push the "no-cooperation" stance to other schools. Since Missouri is represented by top attorneys in the NCAA defense field, it is positioned to promote that stance in the industry. The NCAA needs to think long and hard about the implications.
Ville Husso's previous two seasons in the AHL were strong, so it made sense that he came into this training camp as No. 3 and Binnington came in as No. 4. Since the Blues went one year without their own AHL affiliate, both guys had to play for teams run by other organizations in 2017-18. That was a complicating factor. This season the Blues had their own AHL team -- so when Husso got hurt and Binnington played well, Jordan got his chance.
Correct. People can walk from place to place downtown without going out in the elements. And those elements can be nasty in December.
Doug Armstrong picks his spots to interact. We've done a few of these in the past. Maybe early next season he would be amenable. Right now he is in playoff mode.
There is still protocol on faceoffs, with your skates and when and how to put your stick into position. The NHL made cracking down on cheating a major point of emphasis.
Tom Timmermann noted the shots-off-the-post questions and noted that Connor McDavid and Patrik Laine tied for the league lead with 15 of them this season.