A lot of times, D-men hold back because they're conscious - and wary - of the other team's speed. So that could've been the case against the Rangers and even New Jersey. But it does seem like the D in general has been a little conservative when it comes to joning the play.
I'm not sure how to answer this because the dropoff in just about every area is what makes this so puzzling. Ten days ago, we were talknig about how the Blues were checking all the boxes and there were sunny skies everywhere. Now it's all turned sour, at. least for a few games. Passing and shot selection have come and gone, but have mostly been good. You don't average 3 1/2 goals per game otherwise The defensive lapses have cropped up more often, but still you've had a defense ranked in the top 10 all year in terms of goals allowed. So I'm really not sure how to explain it.
Hah. Now that is an elaborate plan. But is the Pacific really that much "easier?" I'm not so sure
There's no doubt Giordano woul be appearlnig for the stretch run/playoff run, even at his age. But even byond the cap complications, how much do you give up for a rental, since he's a pending UFA?
Even in the current funk, I just don't see foward as an issue, especially in the top 9.
You could be right here. If not predictable, the PP certainly seems a little too deliberate, and a little too hesitant to simply put the puck on net. Sometimes you have to work to get to the middle and/or the front of the net. And that just doesn't seem to be happening enough right now.
More often than not, when Armstrong goes with a move - he goes big. But a No. 4-5 D-man and a fourth line addition does make sense. With Sundqvist - and he skated today at the optional - I don't think you can count on him to play in every game the rest of the way, especially with the compressed schedule.
I would not be surprised if Armstrong stood pat, for all of the reasons you mention. In fact, prior to the recent funk, that was the sense I was getting. But I don't know if the recent slup changes that.
I don't know, I think sometimes as Americans we tend to minimize our own problems.
Walker does have a track record for bringing instant energy. And I think we're going to see Brown on Thursday - and maybe longer - due to the Buchnevich concussion.
First off, let me say this: If you could tell me that Scandella could play like he did when he came in for Bouwmeester late in the 2019-20 season, or like he did at the start of the season, I'd be satisfied there. But iif you're going for a stay at home D and a fourth-liner, you're talkinig about cheaper labor. And maybe there's a way to maneuver the cap. (Like putting Sundqvist on LTIR until the playoffs.) As to what you have to give up I don't know how enticing a Walman or Kostin would be for other teams. I don't think you want to giive up a Neighbours for a defeseman. Or even a Bolduc, who has really come on since the Quebec League returned from a COVID pause in February.
I think most fans would agree with you there.
You're right. Not in itself. But it is an area that could be improved, and every little bit helps. Right? And I bring up Clutterbuck, just because it's a name I have heard speculated about. I haven't seen him enough to know if he would help. As for Barbashev, yeah, I guess he should be in the top niine. But he has only two goals in his last 17 games. Is what we saw from him in the first half of the season really who he is? And I'm not suggesting any 4th-line duty for him necessarily would be permanent.
Third period goals count just as much as first period goals. And the Blues have been impressively consistent scoring three, four goals a game most nights. I don't think Berube has any issue with speed and skill. Just make sure you're being responsible defensively, win puck battles. And if a play isn't there, just dump it in. Because a play's not always goingi to be there.
I'd like to see Saad more full-time on the power play, instead of rotating with Barbashev. The PK occasionally seems to fall into lulls where they're too passive lately. One other thing related to the PK. This is the Blues' worst faceoff team in years. They're not even at 50 percent (49.3%) You win faceoffs on the PK, you're going to kill time.
Interesting point. Sometimes hungry players are just as effectiive as more skilled ones.
I agree on your first point. Overall team defense has been a bigger problem than goaltending, even with Binnington's slump. That's an interesting question in terms of trading Husso and rolling the dice with Lindgren. (But remember, Lindgren's a pending UFA as well. And I think Hofer needs a little more seasoning in the AHL>)
Berube hates backward passes.
Yeah, I've thought of this, too. (See earleri answer.)
Don't know what to tell you.
Of course we're not in the locker room these days. But I think the team gets along pretty well. I think it's a pretty tight-knit group.
He played 5 games in Spriingfield, but now the injury is getting re-evaluated - for the third time according to Perunovich. IIt's been frustrating to him.
Have not heard anything on him. But yeah, I like what I've seen of his game.
He's on pace for 18 goals and 36 assists. I wouldn't call those "awful" stats. And in case you haven't noticed, no one ever regarded O'Reilly and Perron as fast skaters.
OK. we're out of time. An interestiing chat today. Thanks for playing. Until next time. . . .